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Beachcomber's Windowsill - Dinked Archive Edition

    Back from a hiatus and with a new album, Stornoway are today announcing a super limited Dinked Edition of their 2010 debut album, ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’.

    Out of print on vinyl since release and now highly collectable, ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’ is as its title suggests and something of a treasure. Featuring singles ‘Fuel Up’, ‘I Saw You Blink’ and ‘Zorbing’, it showed just why so many were excited by the Oxford indie-folk quartet’s arrival - a DIY guitar band unusually rooted in folk tradition. They stood out further with their deft ability to try their hand at most instruments, never shy to experiment while their pure pop harmonies soared.

    Warmly received on release, it quickly attained Silver status in the UK and critical acclaim included The Observer praising it for having a “real emotional depth that transports their music from throwaway sunny songs to something altogether more poignant and enduring,” while the NME called it “beautifully rendered and melodically magnificent; a Constable landscape of a record.” Complemented by a stunning sleeve by designer Chris Bigg who was influenced by the album’s title and their songs about nature, working in illustrations of shells, aquatic life and old maps.

    This special Dinked Edition will see the album being pressed on eco-vinyl and will come with an exclusive obi strip, art print and lyric book, all using FSC-approved card and paper. Limited to just 500 copies, it’s available to pre-order now from any of the Dinked network of UK independent stores and will be on the shelves from December 8th.


    Side A
    I Saw You Blink
    Fuel Up
    The Coldharbour Road
    Boats And Trains
    We Are The Human Battery
    Side B
    Here Comes The Blackout…!
    Watching Birds
    On The Rocks
    The End Of The Movie
    Long Distance Lullaby

    The National

    Laugh Track

      We have a very limited edition signed white label of the album to give away. Preorder the album now on any format to be in with a chance of winning! NPN.

      The surprise companion to The National's April release First Two Pages of Frankenstein, Laugh Track is the band's most freewheeling, all-hands-on-deck album in years. If Frankenstein represented a rebuilding of trust between group members after 20+ years together, the vibrant, exploratory Laugh Track is both the product of that faith and a new statement of intent. Reveling in the license to radically upend its creative process, The National honed most of this material in live performances on tour, and captured those invigorated versions in impromptu sessions at producer Tucker Martine’s Portland studio. Two nights later in Vancouver, the nearly eight-minute album closer “Smoke Detector” was recorded during soundcheck, completing a body of work bristling with spontaneity and vintage rock energy that makes a perfect complement to the songs found on its more introspective predecessor.


      Alphabet City
      Deep End (Paul’s In Pieces)
      Weird Goodbyes Feat. Bon Iver
      Turn Off The House
      Laugh Track Feat. Phoebe Bridgers
      Space Invader
      Coat On A Hook
      Tour Manager
      Crumble Feat. Rosanne Cash
      Smoke Detector

      Tkay Maidza

      Sweet Justice

        Tkay Maidza, the first female rapper signed to 4AD, announces details of her highly anticipated new album, Sweet Justice. The follow-up to her 2016 self-titled debut will be released on 3 November and includes the recent Flume-produced earth-shuddering single ‘Silent Assassin’.

        “I’m never choosing compliance,” a defiant Maidza utters ‘Ring-A-Ling’; a warning from the Zimbabwean-born, Australian-raised, Los Angeles-based rapper, singer and producer and a mantra for Sweet Justice. Produced by Two Fresh, Tkay says of ‘Ring-A-Ling’, “I wanted to make an empowering song that tells others that my biggest focus are my goals.”

        The result of a dark night of the soul—and ensuing epiphany—that led to a series of professional and personal reckonings, Sweet Justice isn’t a revenge album, but it does stem from a profound sense of karma. In a traditional sense, it’s a breakup record: about Tkay splitting off from her self-doubt and warped sense of self; the toxic figures that populated the last chapter of her life; and the idea that she should stick to any one lane.

        After severing ties with old friends, she found some new ones on the same creative wavelength: Canadian producers Stint and Kaytranada, and fellow Australian Flume, all of whom contribute production. Sweet Justice is an album that embodies the beautiful contradictions of Tkay’s art: it’s a coming-of-age record by someone who’s mastered the game; an album about karmic justice and accountability that’s bright, breezy and incredibly fun. In Tkay’s mind, it’s a rebirth album, a record about harnessing the feminine power that was innate in her the whole time.

        Tkay Maidza says, “Sweet Justice was a way for me to channel my emotions from what I’ve experienced in the last two years. It’s a diary of things and thoughts I’ve kept to myself. Making the record was a healing experience and I’m grateful to have worked with producers who have inspired me throughout my career.”

        Sweet Justice follows the 3-year-long, 24 song-strong genre-bending Last Year Was Weird trilogy exploring Maidza’s own African-Australian experience. The project earned her a 2021 ARIA Awards win for Best Soul/R&B Release and an NME Award for Best Solo Act From Australia in 2022. Following on from tours with Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa, Tkay is currently in the southern hemisphere for arena shows with Lizzo with her own headline shows to be announced soon.


        1. Love And Other Drugs
        2. WUACV
        3. Out Of Luck (ft. Lolo Zouaï & Amber Mark)
        4. What Ya Know
        5. Won One
        6. Love Again
        7. WASP
        8. Ghost!
        9. Ring-a-Ling
        10. Free Throws
        11. Silent Assassin
        12. Our Way
        13. Gone To The West (ft. Duckwrth)
        14. Walking On Air

        Big Thief

        Vampire Empire / Born For Loving You

          Limited, first pressing available on Eco Vinyl, featuring the tracks "Vampire Empire" and "Born for Loving You".

          Big Thief present new single, ‘Vampire Empire’, off their forthcoming ‘Vampire Empire’ / ‘Born For Loving You’ 7” out on 20 October. This year, the song took on a life of its own after a performance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and has become a live fan favorite.

          Recorded and produced by Dom Monks at Guissona, Spain’s Teatre de cal Eril Studio during a recent tour, ‘Vampire Empire’ speaks to the beautiful complexity of gender identity and breaking destructive internal cycles. Of the song, Adrianne Lenker adds, “For me, it’s about getting out of toxic internal patterns – leaving the empire of energy drains that obscure pure essence, learning about what healthy boundaries are, and finding the power to implement them for the possibility of giving and receiving (both inwardly and outwardly) unbroken and infinite Love.”


          Vampire Empire
          Born For Loving You

          Brendan Perry

          Eye Of The Hunter / Live At The I.C.A.

            Some fifteen years after Dead Can Dance’s self-titled debut, Brendan Perry first stepped out on his own in 1999 with the wondrous eight track album, Eye of the Hunter.

            Having mutually disbanded Dead Can Dance so he and Lisa Gerrard could focus on their own material (a hiatus that would last seven years between playing live shows and sixteen between making albums), Brendan’s debut built on his renown as a solo performer, having often played just he and an acoustic guitar during his band’s otherworldly live shows. Indeed, Dead Can Dance’s first official live album, 1994’s Toward The Within, captures just this with three Brendan solo tracks helping to set the scene for what came next.

            Recorded at Brendan's Quivvy Church studio in County Cavan in Ireland and backed by the band of Liam Bradley (drums), Glen Garrett (bass guitar) and Martin Quinn (pedal steel), Brendan performs the guitar, a 12-string guitar, mandolin and keys to achieve a rich, gothic sound while the album’s incredible production elevates his vocals to Scott Walker and Tim Buckley levels of delivery; two clear influences, the latter’s ‘I Must Have Been Blind Here’ is thoughtfully covered here.

            A record that has been out of print on vinyl since its release in 1999, people have been asking for it to be repressed for long enough. Having been mastered at Abbey Road, fans will be delighted to hear that not only is Eye of the Hunter finally being reissued but that it’s also been expanded to include Live at the I.C.A. The single ‘Happy Time (Live at the I.C.A.)’, a Tim Buckley cover, is released today from the latter. A true collectible, this extra album has previously only been available on a rare as hen’s teeth promotional cassette, recorded during 4AD’s infamous 13 Year Itch residency at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1993. Chris Bigg’s fantastic art remains front and centre, upgraded to a gatefold sleeve for the LP with the coloured vinyl matching the album’s palette (Eye of the Hunter on transparent teal and Live at the I.C.A. on seafoam green). 

            TRACK LISTING

            Eye Of The Hunter

            1. Saturday’s Child
            2. Voyage Of Bran
            3. Medusa
            4. Sloth
            5. I Must Have Been Blind
            6. Captive Heart
            7. Death Will Be My Bride
            8. Archangel 

            Live At The I.C.A.

            1. Alone / American Dreaming
            2. Sarabande
            3. Sloth   
            4. Chase The Blues
            5. Captive Heart
            6. Happy Time
            7. Don’t Fade Away

            Pale Saints

            In Ribbons - Expanded 30th Anniversary Reissue

              The 1990 debut album from Pale Saints, The Comforts of Madness, is an outstanding record that owed as much to post-punk and L.A.’s Paisley Underground scene than it did to shoegaze. The Sunday Times called it “an unintended indie manifesto: music that is at once wayward and concise, dissonant and beautiful.”

              Shortly after its release and in need of a second live guitarist, Lush founding member Meriel Barham joined the Leeds trio of Ian Masters, Graeme Naysmith and Chris Cooper, bringing a new dynamic to the band.

              Having previously worked well with producer Hugh Jones (Echo & The Bunnyman, Modern English, The Sound), he did a brilliant job recording their second album, In Ribbons (1992), despite some studio tensions. Brooklyn Vegan said in a recent celebration of the album that it was the “push and pull between Masters’ outsider tendencies and (the rest’s) commercial interests that makes In Ribbons so good. If some of the wild, ragged edges of Comforts of Madness have been smoothed off, the album makes up for it with scope and beauty. And there’s still no shortage of weird.”

              Missing its original release date last year due to Covid delays and a production plant in meltdown, In Ribbons is finally getting the 30th Anniversary celebration it deserves with a special double LP / CD release – the first disc be- ing the UK version of the album, the second a bonus disc of never before heard demos (including their first attempt at Slapp Happy’s ‘Blue Flower’ and Ian’s 4 track recording of ‘Kinky Love’) and two brass band versions by The Tintwistle Band.

              TRACK LISTING

              Tracklisting (2LP/2CD)
              A1 - Throwing Back The Apple
              A2 - Ordeal
              A3- Thread Of Light
              A4 - Shell
              A5 - There Is No Day
              A6 - Hunted
              B1 - Hair Shoes
              B2 - Babymaker
              B3 - Liquid
              B4 - Neverending Night
              B5 - Featherframe
              B6 - A Thousand Stars Burst Open
              C1 - Babymaker (Demo) *
              C2 - Kinky Love (Demo) *
              C3 - Hair Shoes (Demo) *
              C4 - Shell (Demo) *
              C5 - Hunted (Demo) *
              C6 - Featherframe (Demo) *
              D1 - Blue Flower (Demo) *
              D2 - Throwing Back The Apple (Demo) *
              D3 - Ordeal (Demo) *
              D3 - Untitled Instrumental (Demo) *
              D4 - A Thousand Stars Burst Open (Tintwistle Band Version) +
              D5 - A Revelation (Tintwistle Band Version) +
              * = Previously Unreleased

              Tracklisting (LP Black Vinyl)
              A1 - Throwing Back The Apple
              A2 - Ordeal
              A3 - Thread Of Light
              A4 - Shell
              A5 - There Is No Day
              A6 - Hunted
              B1 - Hair Shoes
              B2 - Babymaker
              B3 - Liquid
              B4 - Neverending Night
              B5 - Featherframe
              B6 - A Thousand Stars Burst Open

              The Breeders

              Last Splash - 30th Anniversary Analog Edition

                Recorded by the ‘classic’ Breeders line-up of Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson, and featuring the infectiously appealing ‘Cannonball’, Last Splash immediately became an alt-rock classic, achieving platinum status in the UK and US, and is ranked in Pitchfork’s Top 100 Records of the 1990s.

                To celebrate this anniversary, the album has been remastered from the original analog tapes – previously thought to be lost – a process which also brought to light two unreleased tracks, a discovery that will delight fans.

                Entitled Last Splash (the 30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition), this special edition will span two 12” 45rpm vinyl discs, plus an exclusive, one-sided etched 12” disc containing two forgotten tracks from the original Last Splash sessions: ‘Go Man Go’, a track that Kim co-wrote with Black Francis, and ‘Divine Mascis’, a version of ‘Divine Hammer’ with lead vocals provided courtesy of Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis.

                For this special edition, the original, iconic sleeve art by the late visionary designer Vaughan Oliver has been gloriously reimagined by his long-time design partner Chris Bigg.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. New Year
                2. Cannonball
                3. Invisible Man
                4. No Aloha
                5. Roi
                6. Do You Love Me Now?
                7. Flipside
                8. I Just Wanna Get Along
                9. Mad Lucas
                10. Divine Hammer
                11. S.O.S
                12. Hag
                13. Saints
                14. Drivin’ On 9
                15. Roi (Reprise)

                12” Included With LP's
                1. Go Man Go
                2. Divine Mascis


                The King

                  Anjimile Chithambo, better known as Anjimile, announces his new album, The King, out September 8th, his first full-length since 2020’s breakthrough Giver Taker.

                  Highlighting the artistic shift from Giver Taker to now, ‘The King’ opens with a lofty, melodic choir, an intro that belies the song’s motives. Suddenly, sinister arpeggios interrupt the reverie, and the voices grow darkly serious. Deeply steeped in the confusion, grief, and rage of being Black in America, ‘The King’ pushes back against the tired adage, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” hissing, “What don ’t kill you almost killed you// What don’t fill you//pains you// drains you.”

                  “If Giver Taker was an album of prayers, The King is an album of curses.” In his second album, Anjimile continues exploring what it means to be a Black trans person in America. The brutally honest reflection of 2020’s deadly summer is less reminiscent of the pink cloud of early sobriety and more rooted in the reality of seeing brutality with clear eyes. Drawing from influences ranging from religion, Phillip Glass, and lived experiences, the album is a grand step forward for Anjimile.

                  Nearly every sound you hear on The King comes from two instruments: an acoustic guitar and Anjimile’s own voice. Other than a few beautiful contributions from Justine Bowe, Brad Allen Williams, Sam Gendel, and James Krivchenia (Big Thief), the album is the result of a year in LA working intimately with Grammy and Juno winner Shawn Everett. 

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. The King
                  2. Mother
                  3. Anybody
                  4. Genesis
                  5. Animal
                  6. Father
                  7. Harley
                  8. Black Hole
                  9. I Pray
                  10. The Right

                  Buck Meek

                  Haunted Mountain

                    Texas-bred singer/songwriter and Big Thief guitarist Buck Meek announces his new album, Haunted Mountain, his first release for 4AD.

                    Following his beloved 2021 album, Two Saviors, Haunted Mountain marks Meek’s third solo album. Haunted Mountain is about love and… something other. Something bigger than love, something that doesn’t challenge love exactly but stands in contrast to it. A soulfulness, or a soul-seeking fullness. Meek says that loves songs are the hardest write. “Not break-up songs, but an actual love song written in earnest? That is taboo now,” he says. “Sometimes it can feel like all the great love songs have already been written.”

                    Lead single ‘Haunted Mountain’ is anchored by sweet lyrics penned by Meek and Holland, who is also from Texas and shares co-writing credits on five of Haunted Mountain’s 11 songs. The first two verses and chorus of ‘Haunted Mountain’ were written by Holland as a love song to Mount Shasta in northern California, with the final verse written by Meek, together seeking reciprocity with nature. “It’s about being humbled by the thing you’re drawing power from only at which point an actual, fair relationship begins,” he says. Propelled by the pristine chemistry of his band, ‘Haunted Mountain’ is presented alongside a Riley Engemoen-directed video that captures the group’s in-studio magic.

                    560 miles from Meek’s hometown of Wimberly, TX, the Franklin Mountains – or more reverently named, Sierras de los Mansos – rise over the tops of the endless acres of pecan trees that surround Sonic Round in the border of Tornillo, where Haunted Mountain was recorded. The songs were written in mountains: by sold springs in the Serra de Estela of Portugal, on the submerged volcano of Milos in the Cyclades, Valle Onsernone in the Swiss Alps (where Haunted Mountain’s cover photo was taken), and the Santa Monica range where Meek now calls home – all where his new love was born.

                    On Haunted Mountain, love often assumes a natural form – crystal ball dew-drops, green rivers and grasses, tears bottled. Sometimes it becomes artificial – mood rings, earrings, a pair of jeans, motorcycles and spacecraft. Sometimes cosmic – “I fell into a black hole with the hot flux of hazel” (from ‘Paradise’). Love is a consciousness here, interacting with the lovers, greeting them, watching them sometimes, becoming them sometimes. It extends beyond romance, examining the inexhaustible bond between mother and sun, and asks – is love a form of magic? “When you are in love, it inhabits your environment, animates the inanimate, charging everything around you with a sense of meaning,” he says. “and not just new love; also love of many years.”

                    Since Buck’s self-titled full-length album, his band has remained consistent – Adam Brisbin (guitar), Austin Vaughn (drums), and Mat Davidson (pedal steel, bass on Buck Meek and Two Saviors). In the year or so leading up to recording Haunted Mountain, they were joined by Ken Woodward (bass) as well as Meek’s brother, Dylan, who joined them for the session on piano and synths. Produced by the band’s own Davidson, Haunted Mountain was recorded and mixed in two weeks by Adrian Olsen, who also performed the sound manipulation via modular synthesizer that can be heard throughout the album.

                    One intention was to make a hi-fi album that contrasted with the intentionally lo-fi approach of Two Saviors, while preserving the intimacy. Recorded live to two-inch tape, the group played together in one big room, with no headphones. In Davidson’s words, “the music here is an expression of a group. I asked for the job because I felt strongly that we shouldn’t bring in someone from outside the band. Otherwise, the only personal desire I had was that we be able to explore space, that we let the music open up and slow down in contrast to previous records – not in terms of tempo but rather overall movement, information between the beats.”

                    Meek believes that all of the great love songs have not been written yet. In between the lines of Haunted Mountain, we hear that love, in every form, is the creation of home, from within – forever leaving one to find another.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Mood Ring
                    2. Haunted Mountain
                    3. Paradise
                    4. Cyclades
                    5. Secret Side
                    6. Didn’t Know You Then
                    7. Undae Dunes
                    8. Where You’re Coming From
                    9. Lullabies
                    10. Lagrimas
                    11. The Rainbow


                    Phantasea Farm EP

                      New York City four-piece c*mgirl8 (aka cg8) announce their debut 4AD EP 'Phantasea Pharm'. Made up of Lida Fox (bass), Veronika Vilim (guitar), Chase Lombardo (drums) and Avishag Rodrigues (guitar), phantasea pharm was born out of an obsession with Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Old McDonald’ ahead of a show in Charlottesville, Virginia. The band decided to pay homage. Vilim dressed up in a cow leotard with pig accessories, Lombardo in a g-string and apron that read ‘The Grillfather,’ Rodrigues became a lawn mower, and Fox took on the role of a sexy rooster. “We went on stage that night and told everyone we were a ‘Fantasy Farm.’” They knew then that would become the basis of their new EP.

                      Last month’s single ‘cicciolina’ was a perfect introduction, a tribute to the Hungarian-Italian pornstar turned politician Ilona Staller, aka Cicciolina. The new single ‘gothgirl1’ opens another chapter. Written with Nick Launay (Kate Bush, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Slits), during the band’s stay at Barbizon, “a magical artist hotel nestled on the edge of a mushroom forest,” the result is a four-minute cut of hypnotizing eroticism that perfectly captures the dark mysticism of its genesis.

                      phantasea pharm follows last year’s standalone single ‘dumb bitch’ and EP’s c*mgirl8 (2020) and RIPc*mgirl8 (2021), and arrives in the midst of their headlining EU/UK tour and festival run that has seen them play Primavera, The Great Escape, London Calling, and more. c*mgirl8 will then make their return to UK later this Summer joining the line-up for Greenman and Core Festival after having opened for Le Tigre in North America.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Cicciolina
                      2. Dead Pixels
                      3. Cursed Angel
                      4. Picture Party Ft. Christeene
                      5. Gothgirl1
                      6. Pritney Llc


                      Spooky - 2023 Reissue

                        Originally Released January 27, 1992. With a few EPs and a mini-album (Scar) having set the scene, Spooky is Lush’s 1992 debut studio album. A key text for British indie music after the turn of a decade, it was produced by label mate Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and features the singles “Nothing Natural,” “For Love” and “Superblast!.”

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Stray
                        A2. Nothing Natural
                        A3. Tiny Smiles
                        A4. Covert
                        A5. Ocean
                        A6. For Love
                        B1. Superblast!
                        B2. Untogether
                        B3. Fantasy
                        B4. Take
                        B5. Laura
                        B6. Monochrome


                        Split - 2023 Reissue

                          Originally Released June 13 1994. Featuring the singles “Desire Lines” and “Hypocrite,” Split is the second full studio album by Lush. Produced by Mike Hedges - famed for his work on The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds & Siouxsie and the Banshees’s A Kiss in the Dreamhouse – and mixed by Alan Moulder, Split sees the band hit a more direct sound whilst retaining their almost pitch-black feel.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Light From A Dead Star
                          A2. Kiss Chase
                          A3. Blackout
                          A4. Hypocrite
                          A5. Lovelife
                          A6. Desire Lines
                          A7. The Invisible Man
                          B1. Undertow
                          B2. Never-Never
                          B3. Lit Up
                          B4. Starlust
                          B5. When I Die


                          Lovelife - 2023 Reissue

                            Originally Released March 5 1996. Lush’s final studio album, Lovelife, dealt “Britpop the feminist counterpoint it sorely needed,” (Pitchfork). Produced by Pete Bartlett (Therapy?, Kitchens of Distinction), it features three of the band’s biggest singles in “Single Girl,” “Ladykillers” and “500 (Shake Baby Shake),” with Jarvis Cocker also featured on first-half closer “Ciao!”.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Ladykillers
                            A2. Heavenly Nobodies
                            A3. 500
                            A4. I’ve Been Here Before
                            A5. Papasan
                            A6. Single Girl
                            A7. Ciao!
                            B1. Tralala
                            B2. Last Night
                            B3. Runaway
                            B4. The Childcatcher
                            B5. Olympia

                            Air Miami

                            Me. Me. Me. - 2023 Reissue

                              Double LP reissue of Air Miami’s lost-classic 1995 album, ‘Me. Me. Me.’ Remastered from original 2” tapes and now including 3 extra tracks. This one time pressing comes on coloured vinyl and in a gatefold sleeve.

                              Made up of UNREST’s Mark Robinson and Bridget Cross, Air Miami formed shortly after the D.C. indie rock mainstay’s demise in 1995, and together with drummer Gabriel Stout and producer Guy Fixsen (The Breeders, My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab), they travelled to their namesake land of Miami to record the entirety of Me. Me. Me. over the month of May at the famed Criteria Studios; a place where James Brown, Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC and countless more have recorded classic works. The album was then mixed at a studio in London where labelmates Lush were recording their 1996 LP Lovelife at the same time.

                              Nearly thirty years on, this deluxe reissue sees the 1995 album expanded to include all sixteen tracks from the album sessions, three of which are new to the tracklist: ‘Warm Miami May’ (not on original LP), ‘Pucker’ (previously unreleased), and the full version of ‘See-Through Plastic’ (edited version only previously seen on the EP). The record also features singles ‘I Hate Milk’ and ‘Seabird,’ a track that found new life recently when covered by current 4AD artist Maria Somerville, her first release for the label and part of the label’s 40th anniversary compilation Bills & Aches & Blues.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. I Hate Milk
                              2. World Cup Fever
                              3. Seabird
                              4. Warm Miami May (not On Original LP)
                              5. Special Angel
                              6. Afternoon Train
                              7. Dolphin Expressway
                              8. Sweet As A Candy Bar
                              9. Pucker (previously Unreleased)
                              10. You Sweet Little Heartbreaker
                              11. Neely
                              12. Bubble Shield
                              13. See-Through Plastic (full Version)
                              14. The Event Horizon
                              15. Definitely Beachy
                              16. Reprise

                              The National

                              First Two Pages Of Frankenstein

                                Anchored by evocative melodies and an enthralling lyrical narrative, First Two Pages of Frankenstein signals a thrilling new chapter in the band’s beloved discography. The 11-song album was produced by The National at Long Pond Studios in upstate New York and features guest appearances by Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens.

                                The follow-up to 2019’s top five hit album I Am Easy To Find, First Two Pages of Frankenstein was initially stalled while lead singer Matt Berninger navigated “a very dark spot where I couldn’t come up with lyrics or melodies at all, and that period lasted for over a year. Even though we’d always been anxious and argued quite a lot whenever we were working on a record, this was the first time it ever felt like maybe things really had come to an end.” Instead, The National “managed to come back together and approach everything from a different angle, and because of that we arrived at what feels like a new era for the band,” according to guitarist/pianist Bryce Dessner, whose bandmates also include his brother Aaron (guitar/piano/bass) as well as brothers Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

                                First Two Pages of Frankenstein channels the group’s revitalized chemistry into a body of work that beautifully balances elegant musicality with the National’s more idiosyncratic impulses. Tracks such as “Grease in Your Hair” and “Ice Machines” were road-tested in 2022 before they were recorded, allowing the band to hone the material in real time (another song, “Weird Goodbyes” featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, was released as a standalone track last August). “To me the power of this record has to do with the intentionality and structure of the music meeting with a lot of accidental magic,” says Aaron Dessner.

                                Swift duets with Berninger on the luminous “The Alcott,” continuing her recent string of collaborations with members of The National on her chart-topping albums folklore and evermore and Aaron Dessner’s Big Red Machine project. The song finds Berninger and Swift inhabiting the roles of a couple attempting to resurrect a troubled relationship, forging a finely drawn story nearly novelistic in scope. “It’s about two people with a long history returning to a place and trying to relive a certain moment in time,” says Berninger. “It’s got the feeling of a last-ditch effort to hold onto the relationship, but there’s a hint of something positive where you can see the beginnings of a reconnection.”

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Liam says: Succeeding on from the beautiful yet gut-punching 'I Am Easy To Find', 'First Two Pages Of Frankenstein' is another exquisite slice of moving and expansive indie from Berninger and co. Boasting huge guest spots from Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens and Phoebe Bridgers, this record further cements The National as the generational talent we've always known them to be!

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Once Upon A Poolside (feat. Sufjan Stevens)
                                New Order T-Shirt
                                This Isn't Helping (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
                                Tropic Morning News
                                The Alcott (feat. Taylor Swift)
                                Grease In Your Hair
                                Ice Machines
                                Your Mind Is Not Your Friend (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
                                Send For Me 


                                Stereo Mind Game

                                  Elena Tonra isn’t a keen swimmer, but oceans pervade Stereo Mind Game. It’s a matter of distance. Daughter’s third record, the band’s first studio album for seven years, grapples with what it means to be separated, from loved ones and too from yourself.

                                  “Oh it will likely kill me / That I must live / Without you / Because I can’t swim,” Tonra sings, whisper-like, on “Isolation”. It’s a classic Daughter song that basks elegantly in deepest despair. Yet here there’s a sense of something beyond despair too. “I’ll compose myself / I’ll get over it,” Tonra continues. On Stereo Mind Game, Daughter tend to sorrow by fixing it in time. Doing so makes it more real, like the flower – dried, pressed and remembered – on the album’s cover.

                                  Daughter – the trio comprising Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella – formed in 2010. After releasing two studio albums, If You Leave (2013) and Not to Disappear (2016), and the video game soundtrack Music From Before the Storm (2017), they chose to take some time off. But not before jamming together in Los Angeles, in between a support tour with The National and their first headline shows in South America. It was here that a new album started to germinate.

                                  Over the next couple of years – during which they worked on their own projects, including Tonra’s solo record as Ex:Re – Daughter met occasionally to write together in studios in London, Portland and in San Diego, where Haefeli lived for six months in 2019. The record’s central romantic figure is someone Tonra met out there when she visited from London. They shared a significant connection, but she knew the Atlantic lay between them.

                                  It’s this that she sings about on “Be On Your Way”, a longing but resilient song about an enduring connection that is also undefinable. Where previous Daughter songs mourned old relationships, here Tonra is accepting of whatever the future brings. “A friend said to me recently: just because something ends, doesn’t mean that it wasn’t real,” she says. Haefeli likens the revelation to the pressed flower image: “It’s still there. It still exists. It grew that spring.”

                                  Daughter began recording the album’s twelve songs in earnest in 2021. Haefeli, who lives in Bristol, met with Tonra at Middle Farm Studios in Devon. Aguilella, who is based in Portland, Oregon, recorded his drum parts in Bocce Studio in Vancouver, Washington. Haefeli produced a number of the songs, while Tonra produced “Junkmail”. They co-produced the rest.

                                  The longing to close physical distances – a feeling that only grew during the pandemic – has seeped into many of these tracks. On “Wish I Could Cross the Sea” we hear voice notes from Tonra’s young niece and nephew, who live in Italy. “(Missed Calls)” features another voice note, in which a friend describes a dream. Fed through some modular effects, it becomes glitchy, and haunting. These messages, attempts at connection from loved ones you’re unable to see, “can pull you out of the well”, Tonra says – but only if you pick up the phone.

                                  When you let others in, beauty can arise. Deep feeling comes from the bows of the 12 Ensemble, the London-based string orchestra, who play on many of the album’s tracks. Arranged by Haefeli and Tonra, and orchestrated by Josephine Stephenson, their parts were – fittingly – recorded at The Pool, a space in Bermondsey, south London, which is a former swimming spot. A brass quartet also brings a new sonic warmth to “Neptune” and “To Rage”.

                                  And for the first time, Tonra’s is not a lone voice. On “Dandelion”, which glistens with Haefeli’s chime-like guitars and Aguilella’s rousing drums, Tonra plays call and response with herself. Haefeli leads some vocal lines on the exhilarating “Future Lover”, and on “Neptune”, a choir appears. These vocalists are the string players of the 12 Ensemble. “It’s one of my favourite moments of the record,” Tonra says, “when suddenly, the crowd joins. It’s a very lonely song. But even when I’ve felt the most alone, arms have reached out to me.”

                                  In order to maintain relationships with others, we must first make peace with ourselves. “Party” recounts a significant moment: the night that made Tonra realise she wanted to give up alcohol. It’s a topic she has written about before, but she needed distance to see it clearly. Haefeli borrows her image: “This time you had climbed out of the well,” he says, “and were looking back down.” It’s the song she’s most proud of, and the one that lends its lyrics to the album title (“Some stereo mind game I play with myself”), which refers to the conflicting voices we all have in our heads.

                                  While Daughter’s previous work found power in emotional honesty, Stereo Mind Game welcomes opposing feelings. “It’s about not working in absolutes,” Haefeli says. After more than a decade spent depicting the darkest emotions, Daughter have made their most optimistic record yet.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: Though the shoegaze influence has always been clear in Daughter's work, the previous two LP's (And Ex:Re, Tonra's solo project) have leant more towards post-rock than the decidedly more upbeat and sonically rich 'stereo Mind Game'. It's an assured and confident step in a new direction for Daughter.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Be On Your Way
                                  Swim Back
                                  Future Lover
                                  (Missed Calls)
                                  To Rage
                                  Wish I Could Cross The Sea

                                  Lucinda Chua


                                    If Chua’s 2022 release "Golden," written from the perspective of her younger self, was the meditative prelude to the world of YIAN, then her new single “Echo” places us firmly in its first chapter. A pop song about ancestral trauma, “Echo” is the antihero’s journey, walking the line between respect for the past and the freedom to carve out a new future. (“I won’t carry your shame / Won’t be your echo again… I couldn’t be anyone else / I look to you, I see myself”). Chua delivers with her uniquely intimate, yet otherworldly sound in this self-produced and engineered song, capturing sensuous echoing harmonies and delicate soul-infused piano.

                                    Following intensive studies in Chinese dance forms, Chua joined forces with film director Jade Ang Jackman and movement director Chantel Foo to create the visual for “Echo”; Chua’s take on a choreographed pop MV. The short film is a moving and innovative homage to Chinese fan dance and martial arts; an internal journey through the shifting seasons of emotional weather. Grounded by a stone circle, Chua dances with her handmade Chinese silk fans as the mood shifts from thorny rose garden to blizzard. “Sometimes I think we are all just footprints in the snow,” Chua says.

                                    “YIAN” (燕), means swallow in Chinese, and is part of “Siew Yian,” the name given to Chua by her parents to preserve her connection with her Chinese heritage. Just as the migratory songbird lives between places, so did Chua, the artist living in the in-between of the English, Malaysian and Chinese cultures that make up her heritage. In the absence of Mandarin as a mother tongue, music became a way to express the parts of herself that couldn’t be described in words; “YIAN” emerged as a way to heal.

                                    A deeply introspective and fully realized vessel of creative expression (Chua self-produced and engineered eight of the ten tracks), “YIAN” emerges as less an album than a worldview, a commitment to learning and uncovering one’s own selfhood honed over Chua’s lifelong reconciliation with her own personal history and identity.

                                    Through this process she found new language through which to express her experiences, language which lay in the practices she developed and the creative community with whom she built solidarity along the process: co-authoring visual identities with main collaborators Tash Tung, Jade Ang Jackman and Nhu Xuan Hua and set designers Lydia Chan, Jonquil Lawrence and Erin Tse. Chua also constructed the album’s physical language through dance with movement directors Chantel Foo and Duane Nasis, this expression shown most vividly through the short film made for “Echo,” out today.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Golden
                                    2. Meditations On A Place
                                    3. I Promise
                                    4. You
                                    5. An Ocean
                                    6. Autumn Leaves Don't Come
                                    7. Echo
                                    8. Do You Know You Know
                                    9. Grief Piece
                                    10. Something Other Than Years

                                    U.S. Girls

                                    Bless This Mess

                                      Bless This Mess is the highly anticipated eighth album by U.S. Girls, the nom de plume of North American multi-disciplinary and experimental pop artist Meg Remy. A dynamic suite of dexterous melodies and a nuanced artistic response to the complexities of motherhood, Bless This Mess was crafted in tandem with the conception and birth of Remy’s twin boys. It expands the sonic and thematic palette of U.S. Girls, fusing the muses of funk, mythology, and the radical disorientation of joy into an electric tapestry of anthems, aches, and awakenings.

                                      As Remy’s body changed so did her voice; her diaphragm lost breathing room, adjusting to the growing lives inside. Many takes on Bless This Mess were tracked with the babies in utero, or in her arms. (She even samples her breast pump on the album’s poetic closing cut, “Pump”). The resulting performances are suffused by the physicality of this journey: more blood, more feelings, the interwoven wonders, and wounds of procreation.

                                      The ten songs on Bless This Mess were pieced together stem by stem with a vast cast of collaborators (Alex Frankel of Holy Ghost!, Marker Starling, Ryland Blackinton of Cobra Starship, Basia Bulat, Roger Manning Jr. of Jellyfish and Beck,) and audio engineers (Neal H Pogue, Ken Sluiter, Steve Chahley, Maximilian Turnbull). Long-time collaborator, husband, and co-parent Turnbull played a key role facilitating these fluid muses. The production throughout is exquisite, warm, and wood-panelled, framing the voice, keys, bass, and rhythms in heightened textural harmony.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Only Daedalus
                                      Just Space For Light
                                      Screen Face
                                      Futures Bet
                                      So Typically Now
                                      Bless This Mess
                                      Tux (Your Body Fills Me, Boo)
                                      R.I.P. Roy G. Biv
                                      St. James Way

                                      The Golden Dregs

                                      On Grace & Dignity

                                        4AD welcomes songwriter and producer Benjamin Woods and his project, the Golden Dregs, to the roster. Hailing from Cornwall – a county in south-west England that draws thousands of tourists on holiday, and where thousands of locals could never hope of affording one – Woods grew up with a keen awareness of that gap between idealism and reality. the Golden Dregs’ third album, On Grace & Dignity, is released on 10 February 2023 and considers his home and what it means to be shaped by a place – in this instance, Truro, Cornwall’s capital, home to a rare three-spired cathedral, a peaceful river and a lot of empty shops and flimsy out-of-town housing estates. Written, recorded and produced by Woods from his South London home and childhood bedroom in Truro, it was mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) who provided additional production.

                                        On Grace & Dignity’s origins lie in winter 2020 when Woods lost his job in lockdown and moved back to his parents’ house. The only work he could get was as a labourer on a poorly run building site on the grimmest outskirts of Truro. “It was such a bleak winter – waist-deep in mud digging holes and rolling out turf on top of building waste, really grim stuff, which became the backdrop to the stories I was trying to write,” he adds, citing Raymond Carver, Lydia Davis and Richard Hugo as influences.

                                        In among the personal reflections on loss of innocence and inferiority, Woods spins subtly interweaving narratives about survival, desperate acts of violence, loss and the limitations of community in the face of rapacious gentrification. Nevertheless, it is, appropriately for an album about home, somewhere you’ll want to spend a while. Life here proceeds at a graceful pace grounded by Woods’s deep voice, which seems to resonate from his feet as he delivers the sort of meticulously written lunar wisdom worthy of Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, or the tidy yet revelatory koans of Silver Jews’ David Berman.

                                        For the On Grace & Dignity artwork, he’s commissioned Bristol-based model-maker Edie Lawrence to construct an HO-scale fictional Cornish town. Christened Polgras, the 8 ft by 4 ft model features a viaduct, an estuary, a supermarket, new-build houses and industrial buildings; every song from On Grace & Dignity is represented by a scene in the town. “There’s different parts of the experience of growing up in Cornwall in there,” he says. “Some of it was from me looking at it when I was down there that winter, and some of it was me harking back to the experience of growing up there. It’s defined by that sense of duality, of coexisting realities,” he explains. “You’re geographically so far away, and it has a strong identity of its own, as well as a different landscape. It’s so rugged and bleak, but beautiful – which is what I really like in music.” 

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1- Intro
                                        2- American Airlines
                                        3- How It Starts
                                        4- Before We Fell From Grace
                                        5- Not Even The Rain
                                        6- Eulogy
                                        7- Josephine
                                        8- Vista
                                        9- Sundown Lake
                                        10- Beyond Reasonable Doubt 

                                        Velvet Negroni


                                          Created during a particularly tumultuous time in Nutzman’s life that involved drug abuse, bank fraud, and a house fire, it’s unsurprising that Bulli would echo his present state of mind. Bulli feels anticipatory, often frantic and manic but given the period of his life that it emerged from its songs glimmer with a pop sheen, as fragmentary soundscapes meld leftfield electronic sounds with alternative rock, power pop, even tender R&B and deft hip-hop.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          CD Tracklisting
                                          1.  Pop Song 2
                                          2.  Never Said Peep
                                          3.  Pop Song 1
                                          4.  Sinker
                                          5.  Bell Clapper
                                          6.  Ebony Eggshell
                                          7.  Ballad Smaller
                                          8.  Shiny
                                          9.  Georgia
                                          10.  The Foreigner
                                          11.  Animal
                                          12.  Sub Tieties

                                          LP Tracklisting

                                          Side A
                                          A1.  Beginner**
                                          A2.  Never Said Peep**
                                          A3.  The Foreigner
                                          A4.  Pop Song 2
                                          A5.  Pop Song 1
                                          A6.  Bell Clapper
                                          A7.  Repedo
                                          A8.  Ballad Smaller

                                          Side B
                                          B1.  Shiny
                                          B2.  Legal Tender**
                                          B3.  Sinker
                                          B4.  Ebony Eggshell
                                          B5.  Georgia
                                          B6.  Over**
                                          B7.  Sub Tieties
                                          B8.  Animal

                                          (** Exclusive To Vinyl)



                                            Having previously lived for extended periods in Vienna and Los Angeles, London-born SOHN now resides in the pine forests of Catalunya, Spain, and it is this new environment that inspired ‘Segre’. Named for the river that feeds into the Pyrenees in Northern Catalunya, SOHN explains, “during the last years of immense change and upheaval, following that river up to our mountain home has become my way of re-centring myself.” The single’s official video was directed by and stars Spanish dance duo LOOKATHINGSDIFFERENT.

                                            Trust marks a seismic shift in perception and direction for the solo artist, echoing SOHN’s new responsibility as the father of three children. Moving from Los Angeles to the serenity of Catalunya and the experience of parenthood changed his mindset. “I felt this kind of openness I hadn’t felt before, and I realised I couldn’t do it alone anymore - I was missing community and friendship in life and the creative process,” SOHN says. For the first time in his decade-long career the producer invited others to help him bring a new album to life, returning to LA (where he recorded Rennen) to work with Yakob, Mike Sonier, Chris Tabron, Jesse Boykins III, Ryan Linvill, Noah Le Gros and Emile Mosseri. Community, intimacy, family, and openness are key themes on Trust as the British producer reflects on his past life (Vienna in ‘Figureskating, Neusiedlersee’) and present reality (‘Montardit’, ‘Segre’). By opening up his creative process to others Toph Taylor invites the listener to experience his most intimate and personal work to date. “On [debut album] Tremors it was like I was behind glass, but Trust feels like you could be sat in that room, and not just with me; you're sitting in this room with me, some musicians, some friends.”

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Figureskating, Neusiedlersee
                                            I Won’t
                                            Life Behind Glass

                                            Dry Cleaning


                                              The South London-based group’s first studio album, recorded in just two weeks with producer John Parish at the iconic Rockfield Studios, became a huge critical and commercial success reaching #4 in the UK Album Charts and featuring in best-of-2021 polls across the board. Buoyed by its success, Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals) returned to rural Wales in late 2021, partnering once more with Parish and engineer Joe Jones. Working from a position of trust in the same studio and with the same team, imposter syndrome and anxiety was replaced by a fresh freedom and openness to explore beyond an already rangy sonic palette, a newfound confidence in their creative vision. A longer period in the studio afforded the time to experiment, improvise, play, sharpen their table tennis skills.

                                              Stumpwork was inspired by a plethora of events, concepts, and political debacles, be they represented in the icy mess of ambient elements reflecting a certain existential despair, or the surprising warmth in celebrating the lives of loved ones lost through the previous year. Surrealist lyrics are as ever at the forefront – but there is a sensitivity now to the themes of family, money, politics, self-deprecation, and sensuality. Furious alt-rock anthems combine across the record with jangle pop and ambient noise, demonstrating the wealth of influences the band feed off and their deep musicality. With the pressure of their debut album behind them, Dry Cleaning have crafted an ambitious and deeply rewarding new work that marks them out as one of the most intelligent and exciting acts to come out of the UK.

                                              The album and single artwork were conceived and created by multi-disciplinary artists Rottingdean Bazaar and photographer Annie Collinge. James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks of Rottingdean Bazaar first worked with Dry Cleaning directing the official video for ‘Scratchcard Lanyard’ and as their creative partnership with the band continues to flourish, they have fashioned a brilliantly unique visual identity for Stumpwork.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Liam says: Loved last year's "New Long Leg"? Well you're gonna love this! Crammed full of that wry and witty humour that we adored on their debut, Dry Cleaning also step up sonically on "Stumpwork" with tonnes of infectious post-punk. Without a doubt a truly special band, who we hope stay with us for many years to come.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Anna Calls From The Arctic
                                              2. Kwenchy Kups
                                              3. Gary Ashby
                                              4. Driver’s Story
                                              5. Hot Penny Day
                                              6. Stumpwork
                                              7. No Decent Shoes For Rain
                                              8. Don’t Press Me
                                              9. Conservative Hell
                                              10. Liberty Log
                                              11. Icebergs


                                              Doolittle - Blu-ray Edition

                                                A first for both Pixies and 4AD, Doolittle is released as a Pure Audio Blu-ray.

                                                Containg both the album in high definition (96 kHz / 24 bit) 5.1 surround sound - having been remixed by audio specialist Kevin Vanbergen (FX) from the original analogue multi-tracks - and a HD transfer of the original stereo mix by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.

                                                The results are a revelation, separating out elements from the recordings that are buried in the stereo mix and adding space, depth and a clarity to the performances without diluting their energy and impact. An absolute must for all Pixies fans.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Wave Of Mutilation
                                                I Bleed
                                                Here Comes Your Man
                                                Monkey Gone To Heaven
                                                Mr. Grieves
                                                Crackity Jones
                                                La La Love You
                                                No. 13 Baby
                                                There Goes My Gun
                                                Gouge Away

                                                The National

                                                The National - National Album Day 2022 Edition

                                                  The National’s self-titled debut album marks the start point for one of the best bands of a generation.

                                                  Released in 2001, ‘The National’ landed two years after they formed and came during a time when they were having to juggle band life with full-time jobs.

                                                  And while nods to the alt. rock artists that inspired them (Pavement, Silver Jews) can be heard, so too are the beginnings of something all their own - Matt Berninger’s stunning and unexpected lyrics being pinned to melodies that stop you in your tracks.

                                                  For National Album Day 2022, the band reissue the album on white vinyl.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Beautiful Head
                                                  Cold Girl Fever
                                                  The Perfect Song
                                                  American Mary
                                                  Pay For Me
                                                  Bitters & Absolut
                                                  John’s Star
                                                  Watching You Well
                                                  Theory Of The Crows
                                                  29 Years
                                                  Anna Freud

                                                  Bartees Strange

                                                  Farm To Table

                                                    Born in Ipswich, England to a military father and opera-singer mother Bartees had a peripatetic early childhood before eventually settling in Mustang, Oklahoma. Later, Bartees cut his teeth playing in hardcore bands in Washington D.C. and Brooklyn whilst working in the Barack Obama administration and (eventually) the environmental movement. Since charting a path as a solo artist, Bartees Strange has released two records in quick succession: an EP reimagining songs by The National (Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy, 2020) and his debut album proper Live Forever (2020).

                                                    Farm to Table, which also includes recent single ‘Heavy Heart’, is the second album from Washington D.C. resident Bartees Leon Cox Jr.. Where his 2020 debut record Live Forever introduced the experiences and places that shaped Bartees (Flagey Brussels, Mustang Oklahoma), Farm to Table zeros in on the people – specifically his family – and those closest to him on his journey so far. With his career firmly on the ascent, Farm to Table examines Bartees’ constantly shapeshifting relationship with life post-Live Forever. It also speaks to a deeper lore that says, don’t forget where you came from, and this album is why. Always remembering where he came from, across 10 songs Bartees is celebrating the past, moving towards the future, and fully appreciating the present.

                                                    An unapologetic and braggadocious indie-trap banger, new single ‘Cosigns’ celebrates Bartees’ peers, collaborators and friends; name-checking the likes of Bon Iver, Phoebe Bridgers, Courtney Barnett, Lucy Dacus, through a genre-defying outpouring somewhere between swaggering hip hop and euphoric alt rock. The song ends on a poem he wrote in his early 20s, “I don’t know how to be full, it’s the hardest to know, I keep consuming I can’t give it up, It’s never enough.” ‘Cosigns’ is also a moment for Bartees to acknowledge himself, giving himself credence and unashamedly basking in that glow. Its accompanying official video was directed by Pooneh Ghana.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. Heavy Heart
                                                    A2. Mulholland Dr.
                                                    A3. Wretched
                                                    A4. Cosigns
                                                    A5. Tours
                                                    B1. Hold The Line
                                                    B2. We Were Only Close For Like Two Weeks
                                                    B3. Escape This Circus
                                                    B4. Daily News (Vinyl Only Track)
                                                    B5. Black Gold
                                                    B6. Hennessy


                                                    Are U Down?

                                                      Written, recorded and produced by Spencer. during the pandemic, ‘Are U Down?’ blends R&B, hip-hop, funk, indie, pop, jazz and soul to create a sound that feels both analogue and digital, honouring the past whilst staying firmly in the present.

                                                      Spencer. has integrated neo-soul vocal fireworks, hip-hop flow and pop ambition into an album steeped in all the feels of a New York summer.

                                                      The album includes the singles ‘No Direction’ which Spencer. performed for the GRAMMY’s Play At Home series, ‘MyLuv’ and ‘Lonely As I Ever Was’, as well as the standout track ‘U Around?’, which was prominently featured on episode five of the latest season of the HBO hit-show ‘Insecure’.

                                                      The record also features 4AD labelmate Becky And The Birds (vocals on ‘After The Show’), Luke Diamond (guitars) and Jake Aron (some additional production).

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Lonely As I Ever Was
                                                      U Around?
                                                      After The Show (Spencer feat Becky And The Birds)
                                                      Luvs Me Not
                                                      No Direction
                                                      Heart Freestyle

                                                      Aldous Harding announces details of a new studio album, the follow-up to 2019’s acclaimed Designer.

                                                      For Warm Chris, the New Zealand musician reunited with producer John Parish, continuing a professional partnership that began in 2017 and has forged pivotal bodies of work (2017’s Party and the aforementioned Designer). All ten tracks were recorded at Rockfield Studios and includes contributions from H. Hawkline, Seb Rochford, Gavin Fitzjohn, John and Hopey Parish and Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods).

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: Warm Chris takes the songwriting foundation laid down on 'Designer' and warps it with a more noticeable veer towards arty alt-folk minimalism. there are bits of the clanging indie of Barnett or tender spoken-folk segments of Neil Young but presented in a voice that's enduringly, all her own. Beautiful as expected.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Tick Tock
                                                      Warm Chris
                                                      Passion Babe
                                                      She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain
                                                      Staring At The Henry Moore
                                                      Leathery Whip

                                                      Bon Iver

                                                      Bon Iver, Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition)

                                                      June 2021 marked the tenth anniversary of the worldwide release of Bon Iver's highly acclaimed sophomore release Bon Iver, Bon Iver.

                                                      This edition also includes five songs from Bon Iver’s beautiful AIR Studios session, which captures the grand spirit of Bon Iver, Bon Iver and distils it into sharper focus, as Justin Vernon and Sean Carey perform the songs as a duo, on grand pianos and vocals only. Bon Iver, Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition) features a blind embossed version of the original cover art and an intimate personal essay from long-time fan Phoebe Bridgers recalling how the “massive, sprawling, unbelievably complex” album brings about both yearning for yesterday, contentment for the present, and collective hope for the future. The album’s iconic cover art has been reimagined to a minimal white-on-white, with a white LP to match.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Minnesota, W
                                                      Hinnom, TX
                                                      Lisbon, OH
                                                      Hinnom, TX (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
                                                      Wash. (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
                                                      I Can't Make You Love Me (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
                                                      Babys (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
                                                      Beth/Rest (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)

                                                      Jenny Hval

                                                      Classic Objects

                                                        Classic Objects is a map of places; past places, like the old empty Melbourne pubs Hval’s band used to play in, public places Hval missed throughout lockdown, imagined, future places, and impossible places where dreams, hallucinations, death and art can take you. It is interested in combining heavenly things and plain things.

                                                        Classic Objects is Hval’s version of a pop album. Every song has a verse and a chorus. There are interchangeable moments of complexity, interesting melodies throughout, and a feeling of elevation and clarity in the choruses. Heba Kadry mixed it to sound as though it’s played through “a stereo in a mysterious room.”

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Year Of Love
                                                        American Coffee
                                                        Classic Objects
                                                        Cemetery Of Splendour
                                                        Year Of Sky
                                                        The Revolution Will Not Be Owned

                                                        Big Thief

                                                        Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

                                                          Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You is a sprawling double-LP exploring the deepest elements and possibilities of Big Thief. To truly dig into all that the music of Adrianne Lenker, Max Oleartchik, Buck Meek, and James Krivchenia desired in 2020, the band decided to write and record a rambling account of growth as individuals, musicians, and chosen family over 4 distinct recording sessions. In Upstate New York, Topanga Canyon, The Rocky Mountains, and Tucson, Arizona, Big Thief spent 5 months in creation and came out with 45 completed songs. The most resonant of this material was edited down into the 20 tracks that make up DNWMIBIY, a fluid and adventurous listen. The album was produced by drummer James Krivchenia who initially pitched the recording concept for DNWMIBIY back in late 2019 with the goal of encapsulating the many different aspects of Adrianne’s songwriting and the band onto a single record.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Time Escaping
                                                          Spud Infinity
                                                          Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
                                                          Little Things
                                                          Heavy Bend
                                                          Flower Of Blood
                                                          Blurred View
                                                          Red Moon
                                                          Dried Roses
                                                          No Reason
                                                          Wake Me Up To Drive
                                                          Promise Is A Pendulum
                                                          12,000 Lines
                                                          Simulation Swarm
                                                          Love Love Love
                                                          The Only Place
                                                          Blue Lightning

                                                          Tkay Maidza

                                                          Last Year Was Weird Vol. 3

                                                          ARIA and BET nominated rapper and artist Tkay Maidza announces the highly anticipated follow-up to 2020’s ‘Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2’ (The Needle Drop’s #1 EP of the Year). ‘Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3’ is the final act of Tkay’s EP trilogy, featuring eight new songs produced by long-time collaborator Dan Farber.

                                                          Tkay Maidza recently wrapped a stratospheric 2020 that propelled the Zimbabwe-born, Australia raised artist to new heights. From billboards in Times Square, to features in Pitchfork and Vogue and a placement on the FIFA Soundtrack, her ‘Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2’ EP presented a compelling new stride for the young artist whose craft spans genres. The ARIA-nominated EP for Best Soul/R&B Release received plaudits from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, Crack, The Guardian and PAPER.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Weird-ass alt-RnB that's so meta you'll believe you've handed in all your chips for bitcoins.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Onto Me (with UMI)
                                                          So Cold
                                                          Kim (with Yung Baby Tate)
                                                          High Beams

                                                          When Roberto Carlos Lange, the musician known as Helado Negro, began writing ‘Far In’ immediately following the release of his acclaimed 2019 ‘This is How You Smile’, he could not have predicted that we would soon need to learn how to stay at home and be the stars of our domestic dancefloors with intimate and online communities.

                                                          The titular pair in ‘Gemini and Leo’ stay indoors to discover each other anew with music recalling Lange’s youth growing up in South Florida listening to 80s club songs, and their return sampled in 90s hip-hop.

                                                          Visions past and future meet in a euphoria of uptempo drums, Jen Wasner’s (Flock of Dimes) funky bassline, and Opal Hoyt’s (Zenizen) galactic swirl of warm and steely synths and bright backing vocals.

                                                          What was a prophesying rehearsal for the musician will, we can hope, soon be our fresh start, a choice to bring that energy home, or go out to meet it.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Patrick says: This is lush! I immediately tipped Ryan Horsebeach to it upon listening, as it finds a fine middle ground between Mac Demarco's lazy jangle and the Whitest Boy Alive. #AccidentalBalearic

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Wake Up Tomorrow
                                                          Gemini And Leo
                                                          Purple Tones
                                                          There Must Be A Song
                                                          Like You
                                                          Aguas Frías
                                                          Hometown Dream
                                                          Agosto (Feat.Buscabulla)
                                                          Outside The Outside
                                                          Brown Fluorescence
                                                          Wind Conversations
                                                          Thank You For Ever
                                                          La Naranja
                                                          Telescope (Feat. Benamin)
                                                          Mirror Talk

                                                          Lucinda Chua


                                                            Lucinda Chua is a singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in South London. Primarily using her voice, a cello, and an array of effects units, Chua writes ambient pop songs that are intimate, atmospheric, and totally enchanting.

                                                            Whilst studying photography at university in Nottingham, Chua took an elective course in music production and the resulting experimental tracks she created and uploaded online caught the attention of US label kranky. Before long she was touring with Stars of the Lid as a cellist and string arranger and went on to release two albums with her first band Felix – all while barely into her 20s. After Felix broke up, Chua spent a few years in London exploring the city’s creative scene and began experimenting with the cello. Those explorations became her 2019 debut EP Antidotes 1 which flitted between hushed songwriting and expansive textural soundscapes and was released shortly before she joined FKA twigs’ live band for her Magdalene tour. Earning praise from Pitchfork, The Guardian, Dazed and gal-dem, Antidotes 1 led to Chua participating in NTS Radio’s Work In Progress scheme as well as performing one-person shows across the UK and Europe including Red Bull Music Festival London, MUTEK Barcelona, Tate Modern and Somerset House.

                                                            A sister release to Antidotes 1, Antidotes 2 expands Chua’s unique sonic vocabulary, with subliminal textures that bleed into each other before fading away. If Antidotes 1 was Chua building the landscape and scenery for her music, then Antidotes 2 is her living within it. Some of the songs were written during the same period whilst others, like EP opener ‘Until I Fall’, are brand new.

                                                            The vinyl edition of Antidotes will include both EPs.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Barry says: Having played with ambient luminaries Stars Of The Lid as a cellist, it's no surprise that Chua's work is very much in the slow-moving ambient vein, but on 'Antidotes' we see her wonderful ear for production and singularly unique ambient talent come shining through. It's beguiling and emotive avant-classical with subtle elements of slow-moving synth, and is a sound all of her own.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Feel Something
                                                            Whatever It Takes
                                                            Somebody Who
                                                            Until I Fall
                                                            An Avalanche
                                                            Torch Song

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years Of 4AD)

                                                              In 2020, 4AD turned 40. Never one to be on time for a party, the label is commemorating that landmark this year with the release of Bills & Aches & Blues.

                                                              The compilation features 18 of its current artists covering a song of their choosing from 4AD’s past: a creative experiment rooted in the spirit of collaboration and a snapshot of 4AD, 41 years after its inception.

                                                              Bills & Aches & Blues will be released on double LP and double CD on 23rd July. The first 12 months’ profits from Bills & Aches & Blues will be donated to The Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based after-school programme for children from communities and schools that lack equitable access to studying the arts or music.

                                                              Bills & Aches & Blues’ 18 recordings contain fascinating connections between artist and track. The earliest song chosen (by U.S. Girls) is The Birthday Party’s ‘Junkyard’, from 1981; the most recent are the two Grimes covers (‘Genesis’ and ‘Oblivion’, respectively by Spencer. and Dry Cleaning) from 2012. Suitably, for the one band that bridges 4AD past and present, The Breeders are all over Bills And Aches And Blues. They’re covered three times – ‘Cannonball’ by Tune-Yards, ‘Mountain Battles’ by Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and ‘Off You’ by Big Thief, whilst The Breeders cover ‘The Dirt Eaters’ by their ‘90s contemporaries His Name Is Alive.

                                                              Landmark songs such as ‘Cannonball’, ‘Song To The Siren’ and Pixies’ ‘Where is My Mind?’, will feel comfortable to casual fans, however by contrast, much joy can be found in the album’s surprise choices, such as Air Miami’s ‘Seabird’ and the Lush B-side ‘Sunbathing’, covered respectively by new signings Maria Somerville and Jenny Hval.

                                                              Bills & Aches & Blues is named, arguably (as Elizabeth Fraser never published the lyrics) after the opening line of Cocteau Twins ‘Cherry-Coloured Funk’. Perhaps too unique and uncoverable in their own right, their legendary take on Tim Buckley’s ‘Song To The Siren’, under the name This Mortal Coil (along with Buckley’s pre-Starsailor acoustic version) informs SOHN’s cover.

                                                              Some tracks unearth hitherto hidden shared DNA, such as Future Islands’ and Colourbox’s ‘The Moon Is Blue’; other tracks are more akin to reinvention. Aldous Harding distils the melodic essence of Deerhunter’s ‘Revival’ and recasts it in her own uncanny image. U.S. Girls’ future-disco ‘Junkyard’ and Bing & Ruth’s neo-classical instrumental ‘Gigantic’ are even more radical interpretations. Leading off the album, Tkay Maidza brings both her Art Rap and R&B game, but also an unexpected ‘80s synth pop template, to Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind?’, a perfect title for these chaotic times.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Side 1:
                                                              01 Tkay Maidza - Where Is My Mind? (Pixies)
                                                              02 U.S. Girls - Junkyard (The Birthday Party)
                                                              03 Aldous Harding - Revival (Deerhunter)
                                                              04 The Breeders - Dirt Eaters (His Name Is Alive)
                                                              05 Maria Somerville - Seabird (Air Miami)

                                                              Side 2:
                                                              06 Tune-Yards - Cannonball (The Breeders)
                                                              07 Spencer - Genesis (Grimes)
                                                              08 Helado Negro - Futurism (Deerhunter)
                                                              09 Efterklang - Postal (Piano Magic)
                                                              10 Bing And Ruth - Gigantic (Pixies)

                                                              Side 3:
                                                              11 Future Islands - The Moon Is Blue (Colourbox)
                                                              12 Jenny Hval - Sunbathing (Lush)
                                                              13 Dry Cleaning - Oblivion (Grimes)
                                                              14 Bradford Cox - Mountain Battles (Breeders)

                                                              Side 4:
                                                              15 SOHN - Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley)
                                                              16 Becky And The Birds - The Wolves Act I And II (Bon Iver)
                                                              17 Ex:Re - Misery Is A Butterfly (Blonde Redhead)
                                                              18 Big Thief - Off You (The Breeders)

                                                              Erika De Casier


                                                                Copenhagen-based songwriter and producer Erika de Casier has announced details of her second full-length studio album. Sensational, which includes recent singles ‘No Butterflies, No Nothing’ and ‘Drama’

                                                                Sensational expands the universe of de Casier’s 2019 self-released debut album Essentials. Where Essentials dealt more with the infatuation stages of love, Sensational has more of an attitude, aiming to dismantle the stereotype of single women looking for love, tackling relationship dramas and the toxicity of dating. It was a chance to rewrite scenarios in ways that empowered her, fantasising about what could’ve been. Sensational was co-produced by de Casier and is a breath of fresh air to anyone with a passion for music in all its genres, as much influenced by Aaliyah and Janet Jackson as house, garage and techno. With hushed, pillow-soft vocals and production that references turn-of-the-millenium sounds, de Casier’s sound surveys the past while looking to the future.

                                                                Born in Portugal to Belgian and Cape Verdean parents and raised in Denmark, Erika de Casier initially made her mark as an ally of the Regelbau collective (home to Danish house acts DJ Sports, C.K and Central) before writing, co-producing and releasing debut album, Essentials, through her own Independent Jeep label. Her take on 90s/00s R&B became a slow-burn success story and Essentials graced Best of 2019 lists at Mixmag, Gorilla vs. Bear, FACT, Dummy, and Crack Magazine.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Drama
                                                                2. Polite
                                                                3. Make My Day
                                                                4. All You Talk About
                                                                5. Insult Me
                                                                6. No Butterflies, No Nothing
                                                                7. Someone To Chill With
                                                                8. Acceptance (intermezzo)
                                                                9. Better Than That
                                                                10. Friendly
                                                                11. Secretly
                                                                12. Busy
                                                                13. Call Me Anytime

                                                                Tkay Maidza

                                                                Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2

                                                                  Tkay Maidza is a tour de force on her new EP Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2. Her sonic versatility takes centre stage on eight tracks that include spitfire summer anthem and lead single ‘Shook’, smooth boy-bye manifesto ‘Don’t Call Again (feat. Kari Faux)’ and trap-infused ‘Awake (feat. JPEGMAFIA)’, which was nominated for a 2019 ARIA award and earned a best of the decade nod from The Needle Drop, as well as praise from Pitchfork, The FADER, Dazed, Complex, and others. The EP follows 2018’s Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1, which established her as an exciting voice in the new guard of hip-hop.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Millie says: This is GOLD. Tkay Maidza brings the good stuff, firey R&B and faultless vocal. She's about to stride into the fame she deserves, watch this space.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. My Flowers
                                                                  2. 24k
                                                                  3. Shook
                                                                  4. Awake (ft. JPEGMAFIA)
                                                                  5. Grasshopper
                                                                  6. You Sad
                                                                  7. PB Jam
                                                                  8. Don’t Call Again (ft. Kari Faux)

                                                                  Musically, Dry Cleaning have been compared to the likes of The Fall and Sonic Youth as well as their contemporaries Squid, Shame and Yard Act, who are only some of the bands that have been riding the waves of the recent post punk resurgence. The London band combines repetitive bass lines with moody yet catchy guitar riffs and lecturer and visual artist Florence Shaw’s dry, monotone Sprechgesang.

                                                                  Seemingly samey at first listen, it’s a record that keeps revealing more with each play. No matter how often you think you have shelved it, it will always make itself known again. Dry Cleaning’s lyrics are a combination of Shaw’s own writing and snippets of other people’s reflections she has come across - be it via real life conversations or on the internet, e.g. in the Youtube comment wormhole. Like a stream of consciousness they make for an interesting read / listen, with highlights aplenty. “I think of myself as a hardy banana with that waxy surface and the small delicate flowers / A woman in aviators firing a bazooka” reads one line. Complete absurdity or the mundanity of everyday life? Tongue in cheek or absolutely serious?

                                                                  Whichever you think it is, you can’t help but be charmed by her deadpan attitude. One thing I can’t get on board with, however, are her outrageous nutritional opinions. “That seems like a lot of garlic” she muses in ‘Strong Feelings’. There’s never enough garlic.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: Dry cleaning's wry humour and impeccable grasp of rhythm and mood permeates the entirety of their newest outing, 'New Long Leg'. Driven bassy groove and melodic guitar licks perfectly accentuate the sultry spoken word vocals, resulting in an impactful and dynamic whole.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Scratchcard Lanyard
                                                                  2. Unsmart Lady
                                                                  3. Strong Feelings
                                                                  4. Leafy
                                                                  5. Her Hippo
                                                                  6. New Long Leg
                                                                  7. John Wick
                                                                  8. More Big Birds
                                                                  9. A.L.C
                                                                  10. Every Day Carry



                                                                    Tune-Yards announces details of their fifth studio album, sketchy. The 11-track record, which includes last year’s single ‘nowhere, man’, will be released on 26 March 2021, on 4AD.

                                                                    Tune-Yards’ last release I can feel you creep into my private life, was a self-reflexive question mark at the end of a decade of outspoken, polyphonic indie music. From 2009 to 2018, Tune-Yards (both Merrill and her partner and collaborator Nate Brenner) released four critically acclaimed albums, travelled the world relentlessly to play live shows, and composed the psychedelic score to Boots Riley's surrealist cinematic masterpiece Sorry To Bother You. "We had really been non-stop hustling," Merrill reflects. "And when we're hustling, we're complicit in all of the systems that I really don't believe in."

                                                                    Interrogating these systems and her role within them had left Merrill feeling heavy with grief and lost about how to move forward. The duo pressed on, inspired by the Beastie Boys Book and Questlove’s Creative Quest, and began jamming daily for hours in their home rehearsal studio “like athletes”. They ditched computer screens for live instruments (Merrill on drums, Nate on bass) and before long full songs started to emerge.

                                                                    Unlike the lyrical introspection of previous outing I can feel you..., on sketchy. Merrill balances self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries, reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards. The result is a colourful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone. "I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up.”

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Barry says: 'Sketchy' brings the Tune Yards sound forward with a heavy af distillation of the restrained groove of their recent output, and the youthful exuberance of their early years, resulting in a wildly satisfying and rousing musical war cry. A brilliantly written and hugely varied gem.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Nowhere, Man
                                                                    Make It Right.
                                                                    Silence Pt. 1 (when We Say “we”)
                                                                    Silence Pt. 2 (who Is “we”?)
                                                                    Hold Yourself.
                                                                    Under Your Lip
                                                                    My Neighbor
                                                                    Be Not Afraid.

                                                                    The National

                                                                    Cherry Tree EP - 2021 Reissue

                                                                      Released a year before The National broke through with their third album Alligator, 2004’s Cherry Tree EP is a thrilling record which - thanks to its collection of delicate ballads and anthemic crowd-pleasers - sums up what they do best in under 30 minutes. Now a firm fan-favourite, among Cherry Tree’s seven tracks are now National classics ‘About Today’ and ‘All The Wine’, plus a thrilling live version of ‘Murder Me Rachael’ that reminds of the band’s fearsome early live performances. Cherry Tree can be seen as the record that marks the moment when The National had truly found themselves, a bridge from what went before to a band ready to conquer the World.

                                                                      Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. / A1. Wasp Nest
                                                                      2. / A2. All The Wine
                                                                      3. / A3. All Dolled-Up In Straps
                                                                      4. / A4. Cherry Tree
                                                                      5. / B1. About Today
                                                                      6. / B2. Murder Me Rachael (Live)
                                                                      7. / B3. Reasonable Man (I Don’t Mind)

                                                                      The National

                                                                      Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers - 2021 Reissue

                                                                        The National’s second album, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers (2003) proved a leap forward from 2001’s eponymous debut, showing a band adept at delivering warm embraces and gut punches in equal measure.

                                                                        With word of mouth now spreading on the band, critics proved equally enthusiastic... Pitchfork in their glowing review called it a “Gorgeous train wreck” that “Lives up to its blunt title (with) Matt Berninger’s self-effacing barbs matched by the band’s equally potent hooks,” while Uncut also became early champions saying the album was “A genuine treasure... Livid as a bruise, this is brave, desperate, beautiful music.”

                                                                        No longer a secret among those that know, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers is an important record in The National’s discography with this new remaster showing that it’s more than standing the test of time.

                                                                        Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. / A1. Cardinal Song
                                                                        2. / A2. Slipping Husband
                                                                        3. / A3. 90-Mile Water Wall
                                                                        4. / A4. It Never Happened
                                                                        5. / A5. Murder Me Rachael
                                                                        6. / B1. Thirsty
                                                                        7. / B2. Available
                                                                        8. / B3. Sugar Wife
                                                                        9. / B4. Trophy Wife
                                                                        10. / B5. Fashion Coat
                                                                        11. / B6. Patterns Of Fairytales
                                                                        12. / B7. Lucky You

                                                                        The National

                                                                        The National - 2021 Reissue

                                                                          Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, The National’s self-titled debut album of sozzled Americana is a thing of beauty, laden with heavy hints that this was a special band in the making.

                                                                          Their first release, The National arrived two years after The National formed, a time when they were juggling bandlife with needing to hold down full-time jobs. And while nods to the alt. rock artists that inspired them (Pavement, Silver Jews) can be heard, so too are the beginnings of something all their own – Matt Berninger’s stunning and unexpected lyrics being pinned to melodies that stop you in your tracks.

                                                                          The National marks the start point for one of the best bands of their generation with its new master helping elevate it to new levels. A great primer to a great band.

                                                                          Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. / A1. Beautiful Head
                                                                          2. / A2. Cold Girl Fever
                                                                          3. / A3. The Perfect Song
                                                                          4. / A4. American Mary
                                                                          5. / A5. Son
                                                                          6. / A6. Pay For Me
                                                                          7. / B1. Bitters & Absolut
                                                                          8. / B2. John’s Star
                                                                          9. / B3. Watching You Well
                                                                          10. / B4. Theory Of The Crows
                                                                          11. / B5. 29 Years
                                                                          12. / B6. Anna Freud

                                                                          Adrianne Lenker

                                                                          Songs And Instrumentals

                                                                            'Songs And Instrumentals' are two distinct collections, both written and recorded in April after Big Thief’s March tour was abruptly cut short due to coronavirus. After returning to the states from Europe, Lenker decamped to a one room cabin in the mountains of western Massachusetts.

                                                                            The album’s stunning artwork are watercolor paintings done by Adrianne’s grandmother, Diane Lee.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Barry says: There really is no stopping Lenker is there? (and why indeed would you want to?) 'Songs And Instrumentals' carries on the runaway success of Lenkers band, Big Thief but moves into the more subtle recesses of her songwriting prowess. Brittle in parts, but shining throughout, this is an accomplished and immersive outing.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Two Reverse
                                                                            2. Ingydar
                                                                            3. Anything
                                                                            4. Forwards Beckon Rebound
                                                                            5. Heavy Focus
                                                                            6. Half Return
                                                                            7. Come
                                                                            8. Zombie Girl
                                                                            9. Not A Lot, Just Forever
                                                                            10. Dragon Eyes
                                                                            11. My Angel

                                                                            1. Music For Indigo
                                                                            2. Mostly Chimes

                                                                            The Lemon Twigs emerged in 2016 with their debut LP, Do Hollywood, which was praised by Rolling Stone for its “toting hooky songs that stand out for their intricate arrangements and delectable melodies” and NPR Music who mused, “like listening to music from a time that never was…a baroque rock romp.”

                                                                            Their second album, Go To School is their most ambitious work yet; a conceptual musical, conceived by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, which tells a heartbreaking coming of age story of Shane, a pure of heart chimpanzee raised as a human boy as he comes to terms with the obstacles of life. Todd Rundgren and their real-life mother Susan Hall play Shane’s parents. The album also features contributions from Jody Stephens (Big Star), Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) and their father Ronnie D’Addario.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Barry says: Immediately reminiscent of all your favourite rock greats (you name it, the Lemon Twigs know it), but with a brilliantly innovative sense of pacing and style. Brilliantly mature and eccentrically conceptual, this is a killer LP from a band rising through the ranks quickly. Ace.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart
                                                                            The Student Becomes The Teacher
                                                                            Rock Dreams
                                                                            The Lesson
                                                                            Small Victories
                                                                            Wonderin' Ways
                                                                            The Bully
                                                                            Queen Of My School
                                                                            Never Know
                                                                            Born Wrong/Heart Song
                                                                            The Fire
                                                                            Home Of A Heart (The Woods)
                                                                            This Is My Tree
                                                                            If You Give Enough
                                                                            Go To School

                                                                            Dead Can Dance

                                                                            Into The Labyrinth

                                                                              Into The Labyrinth (1993) is Dead Can Dance’s sixth album, one of their most successful releases, its title a reference to the Greek legend of Theseus going into the Labyrinth to slay the Minotaur. It came when Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard had embarked on more individual personal paths, now writing their songs independent of one another, and on separate continents. Engineered and produced by Brendan at his Quivvy Church studio in Ireland, the album is an audiophile benchmark and also noted for being their first without any guests, instead they played all the instruments.

                                                                              The 2016 LP version is also a double LP like the original release, but comes with brand new cover artwork and an altered track sequence.

                                                                              Dead Can Dance

                                                                              The Serpent's Egg

                                                                                Dead Can Dance’s fourth album, The Serpent’s Egg (1988), came during a prolific period for the band, being released just four years after their debut. It was also the first they made at their own studio which, according to Brendan Perry, allowed them to continue to grow in “their own self-proclaimed direction”. A minimal yet rather grandiose record which includes fan favourites ‘The Host Of Seraphim’ and ‘Ullyses’, The Serpent’s Egg is a triumph and perhaps the finest example of where Brendan and Lisa’s diametrically different influences are overcome to form a new, almost synaesthetic whole.

                                                                                Future Islands

                                                                                As Long As You Are

                                                                                  As Long As You Are looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close.

                                                                                  As Long As You Are also signals a new era for Future Islands. Drummer Mike Lowry officially joins as a fully-fledged member and songwriter bolstering the founding trio of William Cashion, Samuel T. Herring and Gerrit Welmers. Together, the four-piece took on official production duties for the first time, co-producing As Long As You Are with engineer Steve Wright at his Wrightway Studios in Baltimore. Their brand of new wave synth-pop full of bright melodies and heavenly choruses is as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Barry says: There is something absolutely enthralling about Samuel T. Herring's on-stage dancing. We all know that, but it's with no small amount of joy that I can confirm the quality of the music is indeed up to the same high standards. Longing, wistful and emotive, with electronic synthy sections beautifully offset with the more driven anthemic material. 'As Long As You Are' is a triumph, and quite possibly the best work they've done.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  For Sure
                                                                                  Born In A War
                                                                                  I Knew You
                                                                                  City’s Face
                                                                                  The Painter
                                                                                  Plastic Beach
                                                                                  Hit The Coast

                                                                                  The Wolfgang Press

                                                                                  Unremembered, Remembered

                                                                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                                                                                    LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                    This one will be a real surprise for both Wolfgang Press and 4AD fans.Featuring 7 never before heard tracks, Unremembered, Remembered is essentially the final album from The Wolfgang Press that never was.Having exhumed the tracks, the band have mastered their final studio sessions at Abbey Road and they sound magnificent.Art for this release has been done by long-time 4AD collaborator Chris Bigg and news of the album's existence will drop with the RSD 2020 announcement.Red vinyl 1.You Say You Love Me 2.God, Let It Shine On 3.My Mother Told Me 4.Black Hole Star 5.Liar 6.Miss H.I.V.

                                                                                    Bing & Ruth


                                                                                      Bing & Ruth, the ever-evolving project helmed by New York composer David Moore, has announced details of a new album, scheduled for release this summer. While on a surface level, Species is an exploration of the sonic possibilities of the Farfisa organ, aided only by a clarinet and double bass (played respectively by founding members Jeremy Viner and Jeff Ratner), the title Species is a nod to both humanity and humility – a devotion to the godly intuition with which we are all endowed, and the humbleness required of us to perceive it. It’s also about suspended time and trance; not just a steady movement from A to B, but as something that flows, meanders and eddies, like water.

                                                                                      Species, and the transcendental state it embodies, was inspired by two recent loves of Moore’s: the desert and long-distance running. Briefly relocating from his New York base to Point Dume, between the Pacific Ocean and the desert, Moore was able to indulge in both passions, which in turn provided stimulus for new work. He says, “I’d found myself in places unfamiliar enough that I could easily lose all sense of direction, size and, more than anything, all sense of time. The music I was making became a kind of reflection of these intentional detachments - and a place to mirror that feeling of trance that had pushed them out in the first place.”

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Barry says: Shifting swathes of reverberated electronics, bright echoes and soaring synths slowly evolve into euphoric slo-mo key changes and aquatic phrases. It's an ambient lovers dream, and one that will be on my stereo for some time to come.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Body In A Room
                                                                                      Badwater Psalm
                                                                                      I Had No Dream
                                                                                      Blood Harmony
                                                                                      Live Forever
                                                                                      The Pressure Of This Water

                                                                                      Cocteau Twins

                                                                                      Head Over Heels - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                        4AD are repressing two more Cocteau Twins’ albums on vinyl this coming March, the albums Head Over Heels and Treasure. Both following on from the recent reissues of Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven or Las Vegas, Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay and The Pink Opaque.

                                                                                        Using new masters created from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, both albums are being pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and come with download codes.

                                                                                        Head Over Heels:
                                                                                        Released in late-1983, Head Over Heels is the Cocteau Twins’ second album and features classic tracks ‘Sugar Hiccup’ and ‘Musette And Drums’. Coming not long after original bassist Will Heggie had departed the band, the chemistry between remaining members Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie was flourishing and by moving the band on from the starkness of their debut, they were now making the music that would help them define the decade ahead; her wordless, dreamlike vocals a powerful instrument over his lush, textured guitars their trademark.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. When Mama Was Moth (3.06)
                                                                                        A2. Five Ten Fiftyfold (5.01)
                                                                                        A3. Sugar Hiccup (3.41)
                                                                                        A4. In Our Angelhood (3.0)
                                                                                        A5. Glass Candle Grenades (2.45)
                                                                                        B1. In The Gold Dust Rush (3.40)
                                                                                        B2. The Tinderbox (Of A Heart) (4.57)
                                                                                        B3. Multifoiled (2.37)
                                                                                        B4. My Love Paramour (3.40)
                                                                                        B5. Musette And Drums (4.38)

                                                                                        Purity Ring


                                                                                          After more than five years, Purity Ring have returned to announce their third album, entirely produced and recorded by the duo of Megan James and Corin Roddick. Womb chronicles a quest for comfort, the search for a resting place in a world where so much is beyond our control. The striking vulnerability of “ruby insides” - “If I could, I would let you see through me” - charts a course that’s both intensely personal and deeply connected to those close to us, our kin whether by nature or nurture. As the ground shifts beneath their feet, Womb’s characters help one another face death, despair, and world-altering discovery with resilience and grace. For all the terrain it encompasses, Womb’s quest culminates in “stardew”, a glittering, transcendent invitation to “just be where you are” - to experience the kind of powerful peace that can only be found by truly coming home.

                                                                                          Womb follows Purity Ring’s 2012 internationally-acclaimed and highly influential debut Shrines and 2015’s another eternity. On another eternity, The New York Times praised the songs as “only a few steps removed from radio hits by singers like Ariana Grande and Ellie Goulding” while Rolling Stone called them “lustrous synth pop plus cavernous hip hop” and The New Yorker lauded the duo for “creat[ing] electro-pop that is as warm and human as it is cold and alien, an intoxicating combination that feels boldly futuristic.”

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Pink Lightning
                                                                                          I Like The Devil


                                                                                          Trompe Le Monde

                                                                                            On this final album from The Pixies, Frank Black explores his sci-fi fascination in his usual quirky, cryptic style. Less abrasive than previous releases and with more depth emotionally, "Trompe Le Monde" is a rousing swan song that opened the flood gates for alternative rock bands to finally break through into the mainstream. The Pixies still remain one of the most influential rock bands of the last 20 years.

                                                                                            Cocteau Twins

                                                                                            Victorialand - Reissue

                                                                                              Victorialand, Cocteau Twins’ fourth album, was released in spring 1986. The largely acoustic, non-percussive album was made with Elizabeth and Robin, while Simon was working on This Mortal Coil's second album. Dif Juz label mate Richard Thomas guested on tabla and saxophone. The Guardian said "It’s not quite ambient, but it’s definitely not rock’n’roll even by the Cocteaus’ standards, building on the moments of guitar shimmer from the previous years’ EPs, while also stripping back at points to where it’s nothing but a Guthrie guitar line and Fraser’s voice."  Victorialand is remastered from the original analogue tapes.

                                                                                              U.S. Girls

                                                                                              Heavy Light

                                                                                                Heavy Light is the highly anticipated seventh album by U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist Meg Remy. While Remy has been widely acclaimed for a panoply of closely observed character studies, on Heavy Light she turns inward, recounting personal narratives to create a deeply introspective about-face. The songs are an inquest into the melancholy flavour of hindsight, both personal and cultural. Remy makes this notion formally explicit with the inclusion of three re-worked, previously released songs: ‘Statehouse (It’s A Man’s World)’, ‘Red Ford Radio’, and ‘Overtime’, the latter of which is released today as Heavy Light’s lead single. Its companion video, which stars Andrea Nann of the Dreamwalker Dance Company, was created by Remy.

                                                                                                Heavy Light follows 2018’s internationally critically-acclaimed breakout album In A Poem Unlimited. Recently named one of the best albums of the decade by Pitchfork, it was lauded across the pond by the likes of The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Crack and Q magazine for being Remy’s most accessible record in her then decade-long career. Heavy Light is produced by Remy and was recorded live with 20 session musicians - including E Street Band saxophonist Jake Clemons - in Montreal’s acclaimed Hotel 2 Tango studio. Remy worked with co-writers Basia Bulat and Rich Morel to develop the core of Heavy Light, a set of songs conceived as a balance between orchestral percussion (as richly arranged by percussionist Ed Squires) and the human voice (conducted by Kritty Uranowski). The resulting album finds Remy casting herself as lead voice among a harmonious multitude, the singers of which lend not only their voices, but also share reflections on childhood experiences that are collaged into moving spoken word interludes throughout the album. The album is mixed by long-time collaborators Maximilian ‘Twig’ Turnbull, Steve Chahley and Tony Price.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: Grooving, psychedelic riffs clash headfirst with Remy's singular vocal brilliance, soaring wonderfully atop thumping percussion and flickering synths. 'Heavy Light' tackles political matters and worldly experiences in a moving and enthralling way. Brilliant stuff.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. 4 American Dollars
                                                                                                2. Overtime
                                                                                                3. IOU
                                                                                                4. Advice To Teenage Self
                                                                                                5. State House (It’s A Man’s World)
                                                                                                6. Born To Lose
                                                                                                7. And Yet It Moves / Y Se Mueve
                                                                                                8. The Most Hurtful Thing
                                                                                                9. Denise, Don’t Wait
                                                                                                10. Woodstock ‘99
                                                                                                11. The Color Of Your Childhood Bedroom
                                                                                                12. The Quiver To The Bomb
                                                                                                13. Red Ford Radio

                                                                                                mis·an·thrope /ˈmis(ə)nˌTHrōp,ˈmiz(ə)nˌTHrōp/, noun : a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.

                                                                                                An·thro·po·cene /ˈanTHrəpəˌsēn/ , noun : the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

                                                                                                Miss Anthropocene : The Goddess of Climate Crisis An album by Grimes.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: Some of the more propulsive pieces on Grimes' latest outing could easily have been on Art Angels or Visions, being wrapped in the same optimistic bounce that we've become used to, but the majority of the LP is a much more measured and sombre affair, rich with dark, trappy beats and (understandably), politically charged vitriol. A brilliant development for Grimes, and a great listen.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth
                                                                                                2. Darkseid
                                                                                                3. Delete Forever
                                                                                                4. Violence
                                                                                                5. 4ÆM
                                                                                                6. New Gods
                                                                                                7. My Name Is Dark
                                                                                                8. You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around
                                                                                                9. Before The Fever
                                                                                                10. IDORU

                                                                                                Gene Clark

                                                                                                No Other - Reissue

                                                                                                  Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece gets the reappraisal it’s long overdue.

                                                                                                  “One of the greatest albums ever made. Initially celebrated for its obscurity, No Other is now celebrated for its magnificence. It was in every way a magnum opus: epic, sprawling, poetic, choral, rococo.” The Guardian

                                                                                                  On the eve of what would have been American singer-songwriter and Byrds founding member Gene Clark’s 75th birthday comes the reissue of one of his finest works, No Other. Released in 1974 on Asylum Records, a year after the Byrds shortlived reunion, Gene reached for the stars with No Other; a psychedelic rock, folk, country and soul record that famously cost a small fortune to make. Although received warmly by critics, it flopped and was soon deleted, a failure Gene never came to terms with.

                                                                                                  However, as The New York Times wrote around the record’s 40th anniversary in 2014, “hindsight has burnished No Other, as it has redeemed other albums that went on to be reconstructed as rock repertory, like Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers and Lou Reed’s Berlin,” with the album now being increasingly recognised as one of the greatest of its time, if not all time.

                                                                                                  45 years on and recently remastered at Abbey Road, 4AD have given No Other the reappraisal it deserves. 

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Darryl says: Recently remastered at Abbey Road and 45 years on from its original release 4AD are giving Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece it’s long overdue reissue. Available on black vinyl, standard CD, a limited deluxe CD edition in a hardbound book cover, and an all encompassing and sumptuous silver box set containing vinyl, three SACD’s, Blu-Ray and an 80 page hardbound book.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  LP & CD Tracklist:
                                                                                                  No Other (Remastered)
                                                                                                  1. Life’s Greatest Fool
                                                                                                  2. Silver Raven
                                                                                                  3. No Other
                                                                                                  4. Strength Of Strings
                                                                                                  5. From A Silver Phial
                                                                                                  6. Some Misunderstanding
                                                                                                  7. The True One
                                                                                                  8. Lady Of The North

                                                                                                  2CD Tracklist:
                                                                                                  No Other (Remastered)
                                                                                                  1. Life’s Greatest Fool
                                                                                                  2. Silver Raven
                                                                                                  3. No Other
                                                                                                  4. Strength Of Strings
                                                                                                  5. From A Silver Phial
                                                                                                  6. Some Misunderstanding
                                                                                                  7. The True One
                                                                                                  8. Lady Of The North

                                                                                                  No Other (Sessions 1)
                                                                                                  1. From A Silver Phial (Version 4)
                                                                                                  2. Silver Raven (Version 2)
                                                                                                  3. Some Misunderstanding (Version 3)
                                                                                                  4. Life’s Greatest Fool (Version 2)
                                                                                                  5. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 2)
                                                                                                  6. Lady Of The North (Version 2)
                                                                                                  7. The True One (Version 2)
                                                                                                  8. Strength Of Strings (Version 2)
                                                                                                  9. No Other (Version 2)

                                                                                                  Deluxe Boxset Tracklist:
                                                                                                  No Other (Remastered)
                                                                                                  1. Life’s Greatest Fool
                                                                                                  2. Silver Raven
                                                                                                  3. No Other
                                                                                                  4. Strength Of Strings
                                                                                                  5. From A Silver Phial
                                                                                                  6. Some Misunderstanding
                                                                                                  7. The True One
                                                                                                  8. Lady Of The North

                                                                                                  No Other (Sessions 1)
                                                                                                  1. From A Silver Phial (Version 4)
                                                                                                  2. Silver Raven (Version 2)
                                                                                                  3. Some Misunderstanding (Version 3)
                                                                                                  4. Life’s Greatest Fool (Version 2)
                                                                                                  5. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 2)
                                                                                                  6. Lady Of The North (Version 2)
                                                                                                  7. The True One (Version 2)
                                                                                                  8. Strength Of Strings (Version 2)
                                                                                                  9. No Other (Version 2)

                                                                                                  No Other (Sessions 2)
                                                                                                  1. From A Silver Phial (Version 1)
                                                                                                  2. Life’s Greatest Fool (Version 1)
                                                                                                  3. No Other (Version 1)
                                                                                                  4. Lady Of The North (Version 1)
                                                                                                  5. Some Misunderstanding (Version 1)
                                                                                                  6. Silver Raven (Version 1)
                                                                                                  7. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 1)
                                                                                                  8. The True One (Version 1)
                                                                                                  9. Strength Of Strings (Version 1)
                                                                                                  10. Life’s Greatest Fool (Single Version)
                                                                                                  11. Silver Raven (Single Edit)

                                                                                                  Exclusive 7”
                                                                                                  A. Life’s Greatest Fool (Single Version)
                                                                                                  AA. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 1)

                                                                                                  The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Making Of No Other By Paul Kendall
                                                                                                  No Other (Alternate Audio Versions)
                                                                                                  No Other (HD Audio Remaster)
                                                                                                  No Other (5.1 Surround Mix)
                                                                                                  No Other (1974 Vinyl Master)
                                                                                                  No Other (2019 Stereo Remix

                                                                                                  80 Page Hardbound Book
                                                                                                  Extensive Liner Notes
                                                                                                  Previously Unpublished Photographs
                                                                                                  Essays By Andrew Perry, Jon Einarson, Johnny Rogan, Martin Aston & Sid Griffin.

                                                                                                  Big Thief

                                                                                                  Two Hands

                                                                                                    Big Thief had only just finished work on their 3rd album, U.F.O.F. – “the celestial twin” – days before in a cabin studio in the woods of Washington State. Now it was time to birth U.F.O.F.’s sister album – “the earth twin” – Two Hands. 30 miles west of El Paso, surrounded by 3,000 acres of pecan orchards and only a stone’s throw from the Mexican border, Big Thief (a.k.a. Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia) set up their instruments as close together as possible to capture their most important collection of songs yet. Where U.F.O.F. layered mysterious sounds and effects for levitation, Two Hands grounds itself on dried-out, cracked desert dirt.

                                                                                                    In sharp contrast to the wet environment of the U.F.O.F. session, the southwestern Sonic Ranch studio was chosen for its vast desert location. The 105-degree weather boiled away any clinging memories of the green trees and wet air of the previous session. Two Hands had to be completely different— an album about the Earth and the bones beneath it. The songs were recorded live with almost no overdubs. All but two songs feature entirely live vocal takes, leaving Adrianne’s voice suspended above the mix in dry air, raw and vulnerable as ever. With raw power and intimacy, Two Hands folds itself gracefully into Big Thief’s impressive discography. This body of work grows deeper and more inspiring with each new album.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Barry says: It's October, and this is already the second Big Thief album this year. It would be understandable to think that such prolific creation would dilute the end product a little (it often does...) but in the case of Lenker, Meek and co, it couldn't be further from the truth. Arresting, heartfelt and beautiful throughout. Yet another stunning outing from the unstoppable Big Thief.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1.Rock And Sing
                                                                                                    2. Forgotten Eyes
                                                                                                    3. The Toy
                                                                                                    4. Two Hands
                                                                                                    5. Those Girls
                                                                                                    6. Shoulders
                                                                                                    7. Not
                                                                                                    8. Wolf
                                                                                                    9. Replaced
                                                                                                    10. Cut My Hair


                                                                                                    Altid Sammen

                                                                                                      Altid Sammen (meaning “always together”) is deep and sonorous, steeped in the sonic experimentation that has long been their trademark since Tripper, the Danes’ 2004 debut. As bold and ambitious in scope as their last collection of songs, Piramida, Casper Clausen (vocals), Mads Brauer (synths, electronics) and Rasmus Stolberg (bass) have taken another creative U-turn, this time fusing baroque instrumentation with their signature expansive sound.

                                                                                                      Efterklang’s last release, Piramida, centred around a ghost town in the Arctic, was a grand and all-encompassing project that spawned a movie, live album and a series of unforgettable shows (including a live debut at the Sydney Opera House). Their final performance in Sønderborg – the southern Danish town where the band grew up – marked a closing of a chapter, for Piramida and for Efterklang.

                                                                                                      “We needed a break from the album and touring routine, and we needed a break from Efterklang,” says Clausen. “After the Sønderborg show, things felt very exciting – and a bit scary too. We could think freely, and move in new directions again, just focusing on the things that excited the 3 of us.”

                                                                                                      That break saw the trio explore projects outside of the group’s confines. Together they co-wrote and performed an opera with friend and composer Karsten Fundal (LEAVES, The Colour Of Falling) as part of the Copenhagen Opera Festival. Meanwhile, Clausen, Brauer and Stolberg reunited with Efterklang’s touring drummer Tatu Rönkkö for a new band, Liima. In sharp contrast to Efterklang, they scaled down the music process, creating songs in a day, and released two records of icy, grand electronic pop, ii (2016) and 1982 (2017).

                                                                                                      What lured them back as Efterklang was another off-kilter collaboration, this time with B.O.X, a Belgian ensemble founded by lute player Pieter Theuns that performs new music with baroque orchestration. Initially invited by Theuns to compose music for a joint performance, the experience inspired and invigorated the trio to return to the studio for a new Efterklang album proper. For perhaps the first time in the band’s history, they took a less-is-more approach to Altid Sammen, engaging on a more primal and emotional level. The album also sees the trio break from tradition with Clausen singing in his mother tongue some of his most personal lyrics thus far.

                                                                                                      “Altid Sammen’s songs are about belief and togetherness,” Clausen says. “Not in a religious way – none of us are believers of a defined religion. The words are searching for meaning in intimate relationships, in nature, in death and eternity. The bonds we create; to gather, hold hands, sing or share a moment together. We’re all connected, across nations, age, sex and gender. We come together with all of our backgrounds, and we move apart in all sorts of directions, always together.”

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: I've loved Efterklang for some time now, and it really has been fascinating to see the trajectory of the core band and their former members (Peter Broderick being one of them!). Their newest outing takes the morose poppy melodies of Piramida with some of the electronic scree of their earlier work, and it's a perfectly measured and completely brilliant electronic pop LP. Superb as ever from Clausen & co.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

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                                                                                                      Velvet Negroni

                                                                                                      NEON BROWN

                                                                                                      On Neon Brown, Velvet Negroni is a griot relaying the life and times of his own island—it’s a singular place, with the squeak and thrum of guitar strings looped over drum machine beats accented by steely marimbas, all creating a pocket for one of the most authentic and original artistic voices ever committed to tape.

                                                                                                      You follow his voice as it rhymes in double time, or hiccups and la-las through a break, or croons from a room down the hall, as it unfolds into another story of lost love, or another joke about lost drugs, as he tries to make sense of a life spent in the (sometimes harrowing) pursuit of communion.

                                                                                                      Turns out what sounds like a lonely island is in fact the city of Minneapolis. Velvet Negroni grew up in an outer suburb of the Twin Cities as Jeremy Nutzman, a black kid adopted into a white evangelical Christian family. His fundamentalist missionary of a mother drove him to virtuosity, both as a classically trained concert pianist and a competitive figure skater, but he had to climb out his bedroom window to play guitar in his first band.

                                                                                                      In 2016 after years of performing under a schizophrenic rotation of various aliases, Nutzman finally landed on a persona that he felt he could be proud of. It was in a fancy cocktail bar in Austin, Texas that he hatched Velvet Negroni. A tour opening for Bon Iver followed, as well as a writing credit on Kid Cudi and Kanye West’s “Feel the Love” off their 2018 album Kids See Ghosts. That same year, he released his first singles on b4, “First Time” and “Crybaby.”

                                                                                                      It was in the summer of 2018, together with his friends, producers Psymun (Future, Young Thug, Dua Saleh) and Tickle Torture, that Velvet Negroni composed the stories on NEON BROWN, stories he’s been waiting a lifetime to tell.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. One One
                                                                                                      2. Wine Green
                                                                                                      3. Kurt Cobain
                                                                                                      4. Poster Child
                                                                                                      5. Confetti
                                                                                                      6. U.Dunno
                                                                                                      7. Choir Boy
                                                                                                      8. Scratchers
                                                                                                      9. Nester
                                                                                                      10. Feel Let
                                                                                                      11. Ectodub


                                                                                                      Small Mercies

                                                                                                        Although love lives at the heart of her second album, it has little to do with romance. Small Mercies is absolutely not a heartbreak record, nor is it a celebration of new love, or sisterly call-to-arms or vengeful catharsis. Instead, it is a series of poetic examinations of love across the experiential spectrum, from the micro (self-love) to the macro (devotional faith-inspired love, love for this planet), set to a soundtrack that mixes electronic pop and grungy guitar rock with aplomb.

                                                                                                        Small Mercies follows the 23 year-old’s debut album, The Age Of Anxiety (2017) – an unsettling synth-pop record fuelled by Pixx’s own debilitating experience of angst – and 2015’s forlorn and folk-edged Fall In EP. Co-produced by Simon Byrt (who worked on both her EP and debut album) and Dan Carey, it sees Pixx assuming different personas to examine the damage done by religion, gender-based power hierarchies and stereotypes, the tipping point of Earth’s destruction and love.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Barry says: It genuinely surprised me that Pixx (nom-de-plume of London-based Hannah Rodgers) weren't from Australia because the sound is a perfect addition to the punky, snarling catalogue of artists like Courtney Barnett or Stella Donnelly, rich with attitude and brimming with superb songs, delivered with confidence and wit.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Andean Condor
                                                                                                        Small Mercies
                                                                                                        Peanuts Grow Underground
                                                                                                        Dirt Interlude Pt. 1
                                                                                                        Mary Magdalene
                                                                                                        Eruption 24
                                                                                                        Dirt Interlude Pt. 2
                                                                                                        Duck Out

                                                                                                        I Am Easy To Find is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s GRAMMY®-award winning release Sleep Well Beast. A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album. The film was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), and starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was mostly recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn and more far flung locations. The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more.

                                                                                                        I Am Easy to Find is a 24-minute film by Mills starring Alicia Vikander, and a 68-minute album by the National. The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other”—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically sidestaged in favour of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers.

                                                                                                        As the album’s opening track, ‘You Had Your Soul With You,’ unfurls, it’s so far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Berninger’s familiar baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the true nature of I Am Easy To Find announces itself: The racket subsides, strings swell, and the voice of long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms out—not as background vocals, not as a hook, but to take over the song. Elsewhere it’s Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of This Is the Kit, or varying combinations of them. The Brooklyn Youth Choir, whom Bryce Dessner had worked with before. There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce in Paris—not a negation of the band’s dramatic tendencies, but a redistribution of them.

                                                                                                        “Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn't because, ‘Oh, let's have more women's voices,’ says Berninger. “It was more, ‘Let's have more of a fabric of people's identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers, but my ego wouldn't let that happen.”

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. You Had Your Soul With You
                                                                                                        2. Quiet Light
                                                                                                        3. Roman Holiday
                                                                                                        4. Oblivions
                                                                                                        5. The Pull Of You
                                                                                                        6. Hey Rosey
                                                                                                        7. I Am Easy To Find
                                                                                                        8. Her Father In The Pool
                                                                                                        9. Where Is Her Head
                                                                                                        10. Not In Kansas
                                                                                                        11. So Far So Fast
                                                                                                        12. Dust Swirls In Strange Light
                                                                                                        13. Hairpin Turns
                                                                                                        14. Rylan
                                                                                                        15. Underwater
                                                                                                        16. Light Years

                                                                                                        Side 5 On Deluxe Triple – Contains 22 Minutes Of Music From The I Am Easy To Find Original Film Score – EXCLUSIVE To This Format.
                                                                                                        Side 6 On 3LP - Etching.

                                                                                                        Holly Herndon


                                                                                                          Holly’s third full-length album "Proto" isn’t about A.I., but much of it was created in collaboration with her own A.I. baby, 'Spawn'. For the album, she assembled a contemporary ensemble of vocalists, developers and an inhuman intelligence housed in a DIY souped-up gaming PC to create a record that encompasses live vocal processing and timeless folk singing, and places an emphasis on alien song craft and new forms of communion. "Proto" makes reference to what Holly refers to as the protocol era, where rapidly surfacing ideological battles over the future of A.I. protocols, centralised and decentralised internet protocols, and personal and political protocols compel us to ask ourselves who are we, what are we, what do we stand for, and what are we heading towards?

                                                                                                          "Eternal" follows the 2018 release of Holly and Jlin’s collaborative song "Godmother (feat. Spawn)". The skittering track, which was created by Spawn reimagining the artworks of her 'godmother' Jlin in a trained model of her mother’s voice with no editing or sample trickery, was praised everywhere from NPR to The Guardian to New York Times, and elsewhere. You can hear traces of Spawn throughout the album, developed in partnership with long time collaborator Mathew Dryhurst and ensemble developer Jules LaPlace, and even eavesdrop on the live training ceremonies conducted in Berlin, in which hundreds of people were gathered to teach Spawn how to identify and reinterpret unfamiliar sounds in group call-and-response singing sessions; a contemporary update on the religious gathering Holly was raised amongst in her upbringing in East Tennessee.

                                                                                                          'There’s a pervasive narrative of technology as dehumanizing,' says Holly. 'We stand in contrast to that. It’s not like we want to run away; we’re very much running towards it, but on our terms. Choosing to work with an ensemble of humans is part of our protocol. I don’t want to live in a world in which humans are automated off stage. I want an A.I. to be raised to appreciate and interact with that beauty.'

                                                                                                          Since her arrival in 2012, Holly has successfully mined the edges of electronic and avant garde pop and emerged with a dynamic and disruptive canon of her own, all while studying for her soon-to-be-completed PhD at Stanford University, researching machine learning and music. Her LP "Platform" closed out 2015 by gracing year-end lists from Pitchfork, The Guardian, NME, and The Wire. In the aftermath, Radiohead hand-picked her to open up their European tour. Just as "Platform" forewarned of the manipulative personal and political impacts of prying social media platforms long before popular acceptance, "Proto" is a euphoric and principled statement setting the shape of things to come.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Matt says: Someone call Elon Musk! Holly Herdon offering the machines some piecework here, enlisting the ghosts of Terminator 2 to concoct a really quite cerebral piece of haunted-electronic-folk experimentation. Scared? You should be!

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          01. Birth
                                                                                                          02. Alienation
                                                                                                          03. Canaan (Live Training)
                                                                                                          04. Eternal
                                                                                                          05. Crawler
                                                                                                          06. Extreme Love (with Lily Anna Haynes And Jenna Sutela)
                                                                                                          07. Frontier
                                                                                                          08. Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt
                                                                                                          09. SWIM
                                                                                                          10. Evening Shades (Live Training)
                                                                                                          11. Bridge (with Martine Syms)
                                                                                                          12. Godmother (with Jlin)
                                                                                                          13. Last Gasp

                                                                                                          U.F.O.F., F standing for ‘Friend’, is the name of the highly anticipated third record by Big Thief, set to be released by 4AD on May. It was recorded in rural western Washington at Bear Creek Studios with engineer Dom Monks, and producer Andrew Sarlo who was also behind their previous albums.

                                                                                                          The New York-based band, featuring Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums), has spent the last 4 years on an incessant world tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding audience.

                                                                                                          Their songs represent an emotional bravery and realness that weaves intimate relationships with the listener, a phenomenon that has made them one of the most widely-respected bands of the current era.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Barry says: Big Thief are one of our favourites in Piccadilly, and this latest iteration of their sound really shows why. Skilfully toeing the line between mournful acoustic balladry, simmering country and more upbeat melodic indie, Big Thief have once again brought us an eminently listenable and transportative triumph.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Contact
                                                                                                          2. UFOF
                                                                                                          3. Cattails
                                                                                                          4. From
                                                                                                          5. Open Desert
                                                                                                          6. Orange
                                                                                                          7. Century
                                                                                                          8. Strange
                                                                                                          9. Betsy
                                                                                                          10. Terminal Paradise
                                                                                                          11. Jenni
                                                                                                          12. Magic Dealer

                                                                                                          Gallipoli, Beirut’s fifth album, started life when Zach Condon returned to his old Farfisa organ, the same one he used to write his first two albums, Gulag Orkestar (2006) and The Flying Club Cup (2007). After stints writing and recording in both New York and Berlin, with time for Zach to recover from a broken arm factored in, band plus producer Gabe Wax (Speedy Ortiz, Soccer Mommy, Adrianne Lenker / Big Thief) headed to Puglia in Italy to finish the album.

                                                                                                          With the remote rural setting “the right amount of isolated”, an intense month of 12 to 16-hour days in the studio with day trips around the coastline followed. Inspired by the surroundings, Gallipoli is unintentionally more visceral than Beirut’s more recent albums, alive with an energy that is further enhanced by every creak and groan of their instruments, every detuned note, and all amp buzz and technical malfunction being left in the cracks of the songs.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Barry says: There's always been something mesmerising about Beirut, their exotic choice of rhythms and instrumentation coalescing with their minimal songwriting style and almost ethereal vocal projection. You'll be delighted to know that this one is every bit the excellent follow-up to 2015's 'No No No', and (thankfully) a little longer. Superb stuff.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          When I Die
                                                                                                          Varieties Of Exile
                                                                                                          On Mainau Island
                                                                                                          I Giardini
                                                                                                          Gauze Für Zah
                                                                                                          Family Curse
                                                                                                          Light In The Atoll
                                                                                                          We Never Lived Here

                                                                                                          Elena Tonra, guitarist, vocalist and lyricist of Daughter, has announced details of a solo project. Running parallel to Daughter, she’s assumed the pseudonym Ex:Re (pronounced ex ray) for her eponymously-titled debut solo album, a deeply personal record that was made with both a sense of urgency and a cathartic need. Just finished, it’s being released with equal speed and will be out digitally on 30th November

                                                                                                          Tonra’s candid solo songs document the time after a relationship ended and are written like unsent letters to herself and others. Taking on a creative moniker, she chose Ex:Re to mean ‘regarding ex’ and also ‘X-Ray’ as a way to look inside and see what is really there. Writing took a year but the recording process lasted mere months, turning to Fabian Prynn (4AD’s in-house engineer and producer) and composer Josephine Stephenson on cello to help bring Ex:Re to life.

                                                                                                          Elena said of the album, “Although the record is written for someone, a lot of the time it’s about the space without that person in it. In every scenario, there's either the person in memory or the noticeable absence of that person in the present moment. I suppose it is a break-up record, however I do not talk about the relationship at all, and he hardly features in the scenes. He is only felt as a ghostly presence.”

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Barry says: Daughter were one of the most refreshing bands to come out a good few years ago, and this Solo album from haunting voiced singer, Elena Tonra is a beautiful and comfortingly different outlet for her undeniable vocal and songwriting talents. Beautiful.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Where The Time Went
                                                                                                          New York
                                                                                                          The Dazzler
                                                                                                          Too Sad
                                                                                                          I Can't Keep You
                                                                                                          My Heart


                                                                                                          Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?

                                                                                                          As thrilling and unpredictable as anything in Deerhunter’s near 15-year career, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? was recorded in several strategic geographic points across North America, and produced by the band, Cate LeBon, Ben H. Allen III, and Ben Etter. Forgetting the questions and making up unrelated answers, Deerhunter’s eighth LP is a science fiction album about the present. Exhausted with the toxic concept of nostalgia, they reinvent their approach to microphones, the drum kit, the harpsichord, the electromechanical and synthetic sounds of keyboards. Whatever guitars are left are pure chrome, plugged straight into the mixing desk with no amplifier or vintage warmth.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Javi says: Is it a guitar? Is it a synth? Is it some old-time harpsichord-y thing plugged through a sh*t-ton of reverb? Your guess is as good as mine. The only thing for sure is that indie darlings Deerhunter have created their most consistent and nuanced album since 2010’s ‘Halcyon Digest’ in their seventh LP, ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’.
                                                                                                          With fellow Top 20 maverick Cate Le Bon at the production helm, there’s nothing the band can’t do—whimsical groove-laced indie and atmospheric expansiveness are married perfectly on songs like the opener “What Happens to People?” and penultimate bop “Plains”, and just as the voice of God bids us good morning on “Detournement”, guitarist Lockett Pundt’s sole offering “Tarnung” is already preparing to tuck us into bed.
                                                                                                          Every song is a stutter-funk gem, a space-age exploration of pastoral life, a strutting jaunt into the end of days. Every song is a grower, and boy, how big they grow…

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Death In Midsummer
                                                                                                          2. No One’s Sleeping
                                                                                                          3. Greenpoint Gothic
                                                                                                          4. Element
                                                                                                          5. What Happens To People?
                                                                                                          6. Détournement
                                                                                                          7. Futurism
                                                                                                          8. Tarnung
                                                                                                          9. Plains
                                                                                                          10. Nocturne

                                                                                                          Tune-Yards / U.S. Girls

                                                                                                          Coat To Coast / Velvet 4 - Split 7"

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Side A:
                                                                                                            Tune-Yards - Coast To Coast (U.S. Girls Remix) (4:35)

                                                                                                            Side AA:
                                                                                                            U.S. Girls - Velvet For Sale (Tune-Yards Remix) (3:44)

                                                                                                            This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell.

                                                                                                            Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.

                                                                                                            Released two years after their debut album, This Mortal Coil’s Filigree & Shadow (1986) was no less ornate than its predecessor; a double album with each of its four sides a self-contained unit.

                                                                                                            New faces joined the cast for this record, including a variety of singers Ivo handpicked like Alison Limerick, Jeanette, Dominic Appleton (Breathless), sisters Deirdre and Louise Rutkowski (Sunset Gun), and Richenel.

                                                                                                            An intense listen, The Quietus called it “tortured yet oddly euphoric… (music which) could easily rip flimsy souls apart.”

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A1. Velvet Belly
                                                                                                            A2. The Jeweller
                                                                                                            A3. Ivy And Neet
                                                                                                            A4. Meniscus
                                                                                                            A5. Tears
                                                                                                            A6. Tarantula

                                                                                                            B1. My Father
                                                                                                            B2. Come Here My Love
                                                                                                            B3. At First, And Then
                                                                                                            B4. Strength Of Strings
                                                                                                            B5. Morning Glory

                                                                                                            C1. Inch-Blue
                                                                                                            C2. I Want To Live
                                                                                                            C3. Mama K (1)
                                                                                                            C4. Filigree & Shadow
                                                                                                            C5. Fire Brothers
                                                                                                            C6. Thaïs (1)
                                                                                                            C7. I Must Have Been Blind
                                                                                                            C8. A Heart Of Glass

                                                                                                            D1. Alone
                                                                                                            D2. Mama K (2)
                                                                                                            D3. The Horizon Bleeds And Sucks Its Thumb
                                                                                                            D4. Drugs
                                                                                                            D5. Red Rain
                                                                                                            D6. Thaïs (2) 

                                                                                                            This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell.

                                                                                                            Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.

                                                                                                            Landing at the start of a new decade, after much had happened in both producer Ivo Watts-Russell’s life and with his 4AD label, the final part of the This Mortal Coil trilogy, Blood (1991), felt like a perfect conclusion.

                                                                                                            Meticulously orchestrated, vocalists Alison Limerick, Deirdre and Louise Rutkowski return from the second album with Caroline Crawley (Shelleyan Orphan / Babacar) and 4AD signees Heidi Berry, Kim Deal (Pixies / The Breeders), Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses / The Breeders / Belly) and Pieter Nooten all enlisted.

                                                                                                            “Shedding some of its chillier post-punk components, blossoming into material airy and gorgeous. Covers — many from the psychedelic era — still dominate the material, but they are largely indistinguishable from the originals, so seamless is (it’s) indelible tone. Blood is a treasure.” Consequence of Sound

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A1. The Lacemaker
                                                                                                            A2. Mr. Somewhere
                                                                                                            A3. Andialu
                                                                                                            A4. With Tomorrow
                                                                                                            A5. Loose Joints
                                                                                                            A6. You And Your Sister

                                                                                                            B1. Nature’s Way
                                                                                                            B2. I Come And Stand At Every Door
                                                                                                            B3. Bitter
                                                                                                            B4. Baby Ray Baby
                                                                                                            B5. Several Times

                                                                                                            C1. The Lacemaker II
                                                                                                            C2. Late Night
                                                                                                            C3. Ruddy And Wretched
                                                                                                            C4. Help Me Lift You Up
                                                                                                            C5. Carolyn’s Song
                                                                                                            C6. D. D. And E.

                                                                                                            D1. ‘Til I Gain Control Again
                                                                                                            D2. Dreams Are Like Water
                                                                                                            D3. I Am The Cosmos
                                                                                                            D4. (Nothing But) Blood

                                                                                                            This Mortal Coil

                                                                                                            It'll End In Tears

                                                                                                            This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell.

                                                                                                            Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.

                                                                                                            This Mortal Coil’s debut album It’ll End In Tears (1984) forged the template; helping to crystallise 4AD’s emerging signature sound whilst shining a light on some of their stable with Cocteau Twins, Colourbox, Dead Can Dance and The Wolfgang Press all involved. The line-up was completed by arranger Martin McCarrick, violinist Gini Ball, Howard Devoto of Buzzcocks / Magazine fame and Cindytalk’s Gordon Sharp.

                                                                                                            Pitchfork recently named it one of the best Dream Pop albums ever, a moment which “catalysed 4AD’s ascendance from the stilted poetics of goth rock to the kings of gauzy transcendence.”

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A1. Kangaroo
                                                                                                            A2. Song To The Siren
                                                                                                            A3. Holocaust
                                                                                                            A4. Fyt
                                                                                                            A5. Fond Affections
                                                                                                            A6. The Last Ray

                                                                                                            B1. Another Day
                                                                                                            B2. Waves Become Wings
                                                                                                            B3. Barramundi
                                                                                                            B4. Dreams Made Flesh
                                                                                                            B5. Not Me
                                                                                                            B6. A Single Wish

                                                                                                            30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Pixies’ Debut EP and Album, Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, includes Bonus 1986 Radio Concert Live From The Fallout Shelter

                                                                                                            “An unparalleled example of rule-smashing innovation in independent music.” Pitchfork

                                                                                                            “Smack in between hardcore punk and alternative, their secret weapon was leaping from sweet to screaming, driving a spike into Eighties rock.” Rolling Stone

                                                                                                            “Surfer Rosa quickly cemented itself as a must-have album (and) 30 years on, its aged into timelessness rather than becoming a period piece.” The Quietus

                                                                                                            It’s been thirty years since the release of Surfer Rosa – a record made up of rage, religion, gore, incest and superheroes named Tony – a debut album so good that it’s since seen as a masterpiece. A year prior came Come On Pilgrim, an eight-track mini-album released in 1987 which contained cuts culled from their first ever studio session, where they famously recorded seventeen tracks in just three days (in full, this session makes up the band’s much bootlegged and now officially released The Purple Tape).

                                                                                                            These formative records showed the Pixies to be an alien breed; four oddball outsiders from Boston blending US underground thrash rock, indie surf pop and Spanish-language flamenco with the Biblical mythology of Frances’s childhood. They would go on to record another masterpiece in 1989’s Doolittle but it’s the gruesome glory of Surfer Rosa, and the ruined sexuality of its cover image (a topless flamenco dancer in a crumbling Mexican bar) that set a fresh blueprint for an indie rock dynamism that not only planted the seeds of grunge (Kurt Cobain would admit that he was trying to imitate the record while writing Nevermind) but of much of the best rock music made since.

                                                                                                            To celebrate this milestone, Pixies are playing fi ve sold-out intimate shows at London’s Roundhouse this October and preceding them is the release of Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa, the thirtieth anniversary edition which contains Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa and Live From The Fallout Shelter, a concert-cum-session that first aired in late-1986 on WJUL in Lowell, MA.

                                                                                                            In addition to both a three CD and three LP edition, there’s also a super-limited and stunning deluxe clothbound hardbook three LP version, which will be a must for all fans. Like all other Pixies sleeves, Vaughan Oliver returns as designer, stunningly reinterpreting his original artwork with Simon Larbalestier’s iconic photographs remaining these record’s crowning glory.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Vamos (Pilgrim)
                                                                                                            Isla De Encanta
                                                                                                            Ed Is Dead
                                                                                                            The Holiday Song
                                                                                                            Nimrod's Son
                                                                                                            I've Been Tired
                                                                                                            Levitate Me

                                                                                                            Bone Machine
                                                                                                            Break My Body
                                                                                                            Something Against You
                                                                                                            Broken Face
                                                                                                            River Euphrates
                                                                                                            Where Is My Mind?
                                                                                                            Tony's Theme
                                                                                                            Oh My Golly!
                                                                                                            Vamos (Surfer Rosa)
                                                                                                            I'm Amazed
                                                                                                            Brick Is Red

                                                                                                            Holiday Song (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            I'm Amazed (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Rock A My Soul (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Isla De Encanta (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Caribou (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Broken Face (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Subbacultcha (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Build High (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Ed Is Dead (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Nimrod's Son (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Down To The Well (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            I've Been Tired (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Boom Chicka Boom (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Vamos (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            In Heaven (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                                            Pixies Interview (Live From The Fallout Shelter) (CD Only)

                                                                                                            The Amps


                                                                                                              Released in the immediate aftermath of the runaway success of The Breeders’ platinum-selling second album ‘Last Splash’ and the Pixies calling it a day the first time round, The Amps are an important part of the Kim Deal canon.

                                                                                                              First intended as a solo project, The Amps instead grew into a fully-fledged band with Jim MacPherson from The Breeders joining on drums and Dayton, OH musicians Luis Lerma and Nate Farley on bass and guitar respectively. Releasing just one album, ‘Pacer’, in 1995 and after a whirlwind of touring with the likes of Foo Fighters, Guided By Voices and Sonic Youth, Kim returned them to the shelf, leaving behind one of her most intriguing chapters.

                                                                                                              A glorious record whose charm has only grown since release, ‘Pacer’ captures Kim energised by a new band and no pressure, recording with purpose in seven studios with a different engineer each time. The resultant record is both raw and undeniable, with Kim’s songwriting arguably at its most cryptic and personal. Don’t be fooled by its casual lo-fi veneer too, underneath lies one serious record that never dips or lacks purpose. With this first vinyl repress on 4AD, ‘Pacer’ is finally getting the reappraisal it richly deserves

                                                                                                              The National

                                                                                                              Boxer Live In Brussels

                                                                                                                Previously unreleased live version of the bands Boxer album performed in full - recorded at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium, 09 November 2017

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                Fake Empire (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Mistaken For Strangers (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Brainy (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Squalor Victoria (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Green Gloves (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Slow Show (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Apartment Story (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Start A War (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Guest Room (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Racing Like A Pro (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Ada (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                                                Gospel (Live In Brussels)

                                                                                                                “Like Arthur Russell before them, they give equal floorspace to the spiritual and the sensual.” Pitchfork

                                                                                                                Gang Gang Dance – one of the most enduring and creatively vibrant musical acts of 21st Century New York – return with brand new album, Kazuashita.

                                                                                                                Formed initially as an improvisational outfit in the early 2000s, Gang Gang Dance are Lizzi Bougatsos, Brian DeGraw and Josh Diamond. All independently operating artists in their own rights, they consistently blur the boundaries between music and art; as comfortable today performing at the Whitney Biennial as they are at Coachella, and count Dash Snow & Nate Lowman, Tinchy Stryder and the Boredoms as previous collaborators.

                                                                                                                Held together by Lizzi Bougatsos and her otherworldly vocal, Kazuashita is an intoxicating mix of ethereal shoegaze and electronic ambience, self-produced by Brian DeGraw.

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Barry says: Seguing brilliantly between a swooning electronic swell and clicking, glitched-out histrionics, GGD manage to toe the line between downbeat post-shoegaze electronics and more driven elements without batting an eyelid. Perfectly balanced and brilliantly evocative.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                ( Infirma Terrae )
                                                                                                                ( Birth Canal )
                                                                                                                Young Boy (Marika In Amerika)
                                                                                                                Snake Dub
                                                                                                                Too Much, Too Soon
                                                                                                                ( Novae Terrae )
                                                                                                                Salve On The Sorrow

                                                                                                                The Breeders


                                                                                                                  The Breeders were formed by The Pixies Kim Deal and Throwing Muses Tanya Donelly. This was their debut album originally released by 4AD in May 1990. The album, produced by Steve Albini combines the energy and angular pop sensibilities of their other bands, bolstered by creative songwriting and clever arrangements. It features iconic Vaughan Oliver artwork.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  Happiness Is A Warm Gun
                                                                                                                  When I Was A Painter
                                                                                                                  Fortunately Gone
                                                                                                                  Only In 3’s
                                                                                                                  Lime House
                                                                                                                  Metal Man

                                                                                                                  The Breeders

                                                                                                                  Mountain Battles

                                                                                                                    Fourth studio album, originally released in April 2008. This reissue of ‘Mountain Battles’ includes 12” size, 28 page booklet.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    Bang On
                                                                                                                    Night Of Joy
                                                                                                                    We're Gonna Rise
                                                                                                                    German Studies
                                                                                                                    Walk It Off
                                                                                                                    Regalame Esta Noche
                                                                                                                    Here No More
                                                                                                                    No Way
                                                                                                                    It's The Love
                                                                                                                    Mountain Battles

                                                                                                                    Cocteau Twins

                                                                                                                    Treasure - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                      4AD are repressing two more Cocteau Twins’ albums on vinyl this coming March, the albums Head Over Heels and Treasure. Both following on from the recent reissues of Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven or Las Vegas, Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay and The Pink Opaque.

                                                                                                                      Using new masters created from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, both albums are being pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and come with download codes.

                                                                                                                      The band returned to being a trio in 1984 with guitarist Simon Raymonde joining their ranks in time for third album, Treasure. Produced by Robin Guthrie and featuring tracks ‘Lorelei’, ‘Ivo’ and ‘Persephone’, Treasure is often celebrated as one of the band’s finest works.

                                                                                                                      As Pitchfork put it when including the album in their Top 100 Albums of the 1980s, “Treasure was titled simply enough. An adjective for the endlessly inventive melodic lines you'd find buried in these songs, and a verb for what you'd do with them for years to come.”

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Andy says: Amazing record. Stunningly beautiful tunes and voice, incredible guitars, and not one bad track. We thought we'd all died and gone to heaven when this came out in the early 80's!

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A1. Ivo (3.53)
                                                                                                                      A2. Lorelei (3.42)
                                                                                                                      A3. Beatrix (3.11)
                                                                                                                      A4. Persephone (4.17)
                                                                                                                      A5. Pandora (For Cindy) (5.35)
                                                                                                                      B1. Amelia (3.29)
                                                                                                                      B2. Aloysius (3.26)
                                                                                                                      B3. Cicely (3.27)
                                                                                                                      B4. Otterley (4.03)
                                                                                                                      B5. Donimo (6.11)

                                                                                                                      All Nerve – the first new album from The Breeders in a decade – reunites band members Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson, the line-up behind the iconic and platinum-selling record, Last Splash.

                                                                                                                      The quartet returned to the stage in 2013 to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary and have been quietly working on new material since then.

                                                                                                                      Featuring singles ‘Wait in the Car’ and title track ‘All Nerve’, recording took place at Candyland, Dayton, Kentucky, with Mike Montgomery; Electrical Audio, Chicago, with Steve Albini and Greg Norman; and with Tom Rastikis at Fernwood Studios, Dayton, Ohio. Artwork was conceived by Chris Bigg, who has worked with The Breeders since their first album, Pod.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Nervous Mary
                                                                                                                      Wait In The Car
                                                                                                                      All Nerve
                                                                                                                      Walking With A Killer
                                                                                                                      Howl At The Summit
                                                                                                                      Archangel’s Thunderbird
                                                                                                                      Dawn: Making An Effort
                                                                                                                      Skinhead #2
                                                                                                                      Blues At The Acropolis

                                                                                                                      U.S. Girls

                                                                                                                      In A Poem Unlimited

                                                                                                                        2017 marks a decade of U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. Today, Remy announces details of her sixth studio album In a Poem Unlimited, which will be released on 16th February 2018, plus the official video for a new U.S. Girls song, ‘Velvet 4 Sale’.

                                                                                                                        Remy’s second release for 4AD, which also includes her recently released single, ‘Mad As Hell’ – a clarion call for pacifism – was tracked in collaboration with Toronto-based instrumental collective the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by long-time contributors Maxmilian Turnball and Louis Percival. The dizzying buffet of live grooves on In a Poem Unlimited represents an inversion of the dusty, sample-based minimal textures of Half Free, Remy’s euphoric 4AD debut. Steered into focus by Remy and mixer/co-producer Steve Chahley, Poem features disco employed as a protest vernacular (‘Mad As Hell’), as well as an unrelenting assault (‘Time’); moody, slow-burning funk (‘Velvet 4 Sale’ & ‘L-Over’) and earnest synth anthems ‘Rosebud’ and ‘Poem’, which form the album’s emotional core.

                                                                                                                        Poem features dark meditations reflecting charged atmospheres that directly precede and follow acts of violence. Many of the songs are character studies of women grappling with power; how to gain and exert it spiritually, as well as desperate strategies to mitigate its infliction. Remy also rallies against the public lies told by political and religious leaders, and more crucially, questions the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. While U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.

                                                                                                                        Following ‘Mad As Hell’, Poem album opener ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ is released today. The song concerns a female narrator imploring another to buy a gun for protection, impressing that the only way to change men is for women to use violence. Remy says, “Men are lucky women (and children) have yet to take up arms. And although I hope this never happens and I completely disagree that violence is ever effective, this very idea was ripe for a song.”

                                                                                                                        The accompanying video explores the idea of acknowledgement as a form of retribution, a counterbalance more powerful than violence itself. Remy plays a police officer who discovers that a fellow cop who has beaten his wife will be left off the hook as a “professional courtesy”. By the power of her unrelenting gaze she banishes the abuser in the final images of this powerful and provocative video. This striking tableau representing the power of bearing witness ties back into the album’s underlying theme; that truth and acknowledgement are our most potent and corrosive weapons in the fight against repressive inequality. Remy’s work with this video (which she co-directed with Alex Kingsmill) and the album as a whole, illustrate and seek to inspire the taking up of these moral arms.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Barry says: This superb new outing from Meg Remy in her U.S Girls moniker sees snappy guitar falling under a landslide of heavy-rock power chords and scattered electronic elements, whilst still retaining all of it's cohesion and grace. More percussive numbers sit happily alongside the more folky, quiet pieces without skipping a beat.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Velvet 4 Sale
                                                                                                                        2. Rage Of Plastics
                                                                                                                        3. Mad As Hell
                                                                                                                        4. Why Do I Lose My Voice When I Have Something To Say
                                                                                                                        5. Rosebud
                                                                                                                        6. Incidental Boogie
                                                                                                                        7. L-Over
                                                                                                                        8. Pearly Gates
                                                                                                                        9. Poem
                                                                                                                        10. Traviata
                                                                                                                        11. Time


                                                                                                                        I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

                                                                                                                        Officially now a duo, Merrill Garbus is joined by long-time collaborator Nate Brenner. Their new album, I can feel you creep into my private life, tackles race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album is their most immediate and upbeat yet – this is Tune-Yards’ music to dance to.

                                                                                                                        The follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed album, Nikki Nack, much of I can feel you creep into my private life was recorded at John Vanderslice’s new Tiny Telephone studio in their hometown of Oakland, CA. To help finish this stunning record, they enlisted mixer Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce (Solange, Skepta, Kendrick Lamar) and mastered it in Harlem, NY with Dave Kutch (Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper).

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Heart Attack
                                                                                                                        2. Coast To Coast
                                                                                                                        3. ABC 123
                                                                                                                        4. Now As Then
                                                                                                                        5. Honesty
                                                                                                                        6. Colonizer
                                                                                                                        7. Look At Your Hands
                                                                                                                        8. Home
                                                                                                                        9. Hammer
                                                                                                                        10. Who Are You
                                                                                                                        11. Private Life
                                                                                                                        12. Free

                                                                                                                        The National return with their much anticipated seventh album, produced by Aaron Dessner, with additional production by Matt Berninger and Bryce Dessner. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron’s Long Pond studio in Hudson Valley, NY.

                                                                                                                        While in some ways it’s typically National-sounding, they’ve definitely added some new elements to their sound. Opening track “Nobody Else Will Be There” is a stripped back ballad with melancholic piano, and Matt’s distinct vocals, but the electronics pulsing away in the background are a sign of what’s to come with the album.

                                                                                                                        All the usual elements are there, intricate guitars, delicate piano keys, scatter-shot drums and of course Matt’s mumbling/crooning baritone, but a new layer of electronics bubbling away in the mix adds a new dimension to their sound.

                                                                                                                        As with the last couple of albums, it features mostly fairly downtempo ballads but they do ramp things up from time to time: “Day I Die”, “They System Only Dreams In Total” and the big rock-out track of the album, “Turtleneck”. It’s taken a few listens to get into it, but as a fan I’m certainly not disappointed.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        A1. Nobody Else Will Be There
                                                                                                                        A2. Day I Die
                                                                                                                        A3. Walk It Back
                                                                                                                        B1. The System Only Dreams
                                                                                                                        In Total Darkness
                                                                                                                        B2. Born To Beg
                                                                                                                        B3. Turtleneck
                                                                                                                        C1. Empire Line
                                                                                                                        C2. I’ll Still Destroy You
                                                                                                                        C3. Guilty Party
                                                                                                                        D1. Carin At The Liquor Store
                                                                                                                        D2. Dark Side Of The Gym
                                                                                                                        D3. Sleep Well Beast

                                                                                                                        Igniting interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago, Auckland’s Aldous Harding has become known for her sinister torch songs, gentle laments and eerie odes delivered with a charismatic combination of hubris, shrewd wit and quiet horror.

                                                                                                                        Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) in Bristol, a world away from her New Zealand home, Party introduces a new talent to the stark, dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside. As well as contributions from Parish, Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas also lends vocals to the aforementioned ‘Imagining My Man’ and album closer ‘Swell Does The Skull’.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Blend
                                                                                                                        2. Imagining My Man
                                                                                                                        3. Living The Classics
                                                                                                                        4. Party
                                                                                                                        5. I’m So Sorry
                                                                                                                        6. Horizon
                                                                                                                        7. What If Birds Aren’t Singing
                                                                                                                        They’re Screaming
                                                                                                                        8. The World Is Looking For You
                                                                                                                        9. Swell Does The Skull

                                                                                                                        Future Islands

                                                                                                                        The Far Field

                                                                                                                        Future Islands are Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars) and Gerrit Whelmers (keyboards, programming).

                                                                                                                        Recorded in Los Angeles with GRAMMY award-winning producer John Congleton at the legendary Sunset Sound (where everyone from The Beach Boys to Prince have laid down masterpieces), The Far Field’s twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road brilliantly express the central themes the band have been exploring for the last decade: that there is power in emotional vulnerability, that one can find a way to laugh and cry in the same breath – and be stronger for it.

                                                                                                                        The Far Field features string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn and is their first record to feature live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their sensational performance of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ on David Letterman’s late night TV show and has remained a fixture since. Blondie’s Debbie Harry also makes a guest appearance, in a duet with Herring on penultimate track ‘Shadows’.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Barry says: Whilst I know the lead singer of Future Islands has enchanted people with his 'Grandad after 7 sherries' stage-swagger, it is the music here that is truly the star (thank goodness). Slightly gothic atmospheres, soaring synths and plenty of late-80's plate reverbs. Dark but driven indie for the eye-makeup crowd.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Aladdin
                                                                                                                        2. Time On Her Side
                                                                                                                        3. Ran
                                                                                                                        4. Beauty Of The Road
                                                                                                                        5. Cave
                                                                                                                        6. Through The Roses
                                                                                                                        7. North Star
                                                                                                                        8. Ancient Water
                                                                                                                        9. Candles
                                                                                                                        10. Day Glow Fire
                                                                                                                        11. Shadows
                                                                                                                        12. Black Rose

                                                                                                                        Dead Can Dance


                                                                                                                          Spiritchaser, Dead Can Dance’s seventh album, came out in 1996 and is the final studio album the band released with 4AD (it was to be another 16 years until they reconvened to make their eighth, Anastasis). Again recording at Brendan’s Quivvy Church in Ireland and as hinted at by the album’s title, the band had moved their focus away from the traditional medieval and Eastern sound of their middle albums to work with African and Caribbean tribal rhythms. With percussion at the fore, Spiritchaser is mainly just Brendan and Lisa, whose strong singing – like most their career’s work - remains the album’s centrepiece.

                                                                                                                          Dead Can Dance


                                                                                                                            With the industrial textures of their eponymous debut behind them, the fifth album from Dead Can Dance (Aion, released in 1990) is perhaps the most focused and concise of their albums. Predominately recorded at their own studio in Southern Ireland and featuring guest vocals from soprano David Navarro Sust to add to Brendan and Lisa’s opposing yet complimentary styles, the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance are a core influence; an atmosphere amplified by the album’s cover, a section from the Earth phase of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch's triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights.

                                                                                                                            Methyl Ethel

                                                                                                                            Everything Is Forgotten

                                                                                                                              Everything Is Forgotten, the new album from Methyl Ethel (Perth, Australia), is a vivid, compelling and mysterious creature, all sinewy, curvaceous pop nuggets and enigmatic currents. Written and recorded by frontman Jake Webb, the album was brought to life by acclaimed producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals). The pair’s collaboration infusing the band’s shoegaze dream-pop palate with electronic and polyrhythmic flourishes, allowing Webb’s keening, gender-fluid vocals and searing poetry to take centre stage.

                                                                                                                              Bing & Ruth

                                                                                                                              No Home Of The Mind

                                                                                                                              Ever-evolving, Bing & Ruth is steered by composer David Moore, a pianist from Kansas and graduate of New York’s school of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School.

                                                                                                                              Their line-up has transmuted from the eleven-strong line-up that created debut album City Lake (“A stunning, humble record built on traditions we all understand, yet, somehow feels dizzyingly new.” – The Quietus) to a cast of seven for 2014’s Tomorrow Was The Golden Age (“One of the finest leftfield releases of the year.” – Pitchfork).

                                                                                                                              With No Home of the Mind, the ensemble has been streamlined to five and, after a year of heartfelt composition and with everything meticulously rehearsed in advance, the whole album was recorded in two days and in the fewest takes possible. An attempt to recreate the immediacy of classic session-style musicianship, where one-take recordings were a standard to keep costs down, No Home of the Mind explores piano’s percussive qualities alongside running woodwinds, warbling tape delays and splattered upright bass lines that stare out with a wide-eyed transcendence, taking so-called “classical” music to new limits.

                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Barry says: A beautiful suite of brittle modern-classical drones and twinkling piano, crafted together with subtlety and grace. A startling and riveting journey, filled with moments of tentative meditation and glimmers of pure joy.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Starwood Choker
                                                                                                                              2. As Much As Possible
                                                                                                                              3. Scrapes
                                                                                                                              4. Chonchos
                                                                                                                              5. The How Of It Sped
                                                                                                                              6. Is Drop
                                                                                                                              7. Form Takes
                                                                                                                              8. To All It
                                                                                                                              9. Flat Line/Peak Color
                                                                                                                              10. What Ash It Flow Up



                                                                                                                                Two years after the release of his celebrated debut album Tremors, SOHN is back with Rennen.

                                                                                                                                In between records, the London-born artist has traded Vienna for the warmth of Los Angeles, but the influence of his former home still lingers (Rennen is a German verb meaning ‘to run’). Resuming a nocturnal schedule – as he did with Tremors – SOHN spent a month writing alone in northern California, recording until the morning most days. Including singles ‘Signal’ and ‘Conrad’, the ten songs of Rennen are confidently direct and focused. Consciously exercising restraint, he has used only a handful of musical elements on each track, eager to allow the spotlight to shine on the vocals, melodies and rhythms.

                                                                                                                                An ambitious exhibition of both his personal and artistic growth, Rennen confidently displays the evolution SOHN has undergone in just two short years. It's also a starter's pistol ringing out loud and clear with an unmistakable message: it's time to run again, and he’s ready.

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Andy says: Deep, thoughtful, electronic soul from the London born producer.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Hard Liquor
                                                                                                                                2. Conrad
                                                                                                                                3. Signal
                                                                                                                                4. Dead Wrong
                                                                                                                                5. Primary
                                                                                                                                6. Rennen
                                                                                                                                7. Falling
                                                                                                                                8. Proof
                                                                                                                                9. Still Waters
                                                                                                                                10. Harbour

                                                                                                                                Dead Can Dance

                                                                                                                                Within The Realm Of The Dying Sun

                                                                                                                                  ‘Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun’: With Dead Can Dance now firmly centred round the core of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, they released their third album ‘Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun’ in the Summer of 1987, showing both a continued maturity in their sound and rise in their popularity. Recorded during an intense period of musical and personal growth for the band, the album’s eight songs are split equally between the duo with the first half being sung by Brendan and the second Lisa. At the time, Q Magazine described the album as combining “superb voice, ethereal church choirs, sweeping strings and a brochure of ethnic music: Middle Eastern, Indian, Moorish, anywhere but London’s East End where the couple resided.” The album’s cover only adds to the album’s aura of mystery with a haunting photograph of the family grave at the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris of famed French biologist François-Vincent Raspail.

                                                                                                                                  Dead Can Dance

                                                                                                                                  Toward The Within

                                                                                                                                    ‘Toward The Within’: Released in October 1994 and out of print on vinyl ever since, ‘Toward The Within’ was an audio and video document of the 1993 sell-out Dead Can Dance World tour. Recorded at the Mayfair Theater in Santa Monica, California, it marked one of the final performances at the historic theatre as it later suffered major structural damage in an earthquake in 1994. Despite being a live recording, ‘Toward The Within’ includes twelve previously unrecorded tracks as well as material from their six previous studio albums.

                                                                                                                                    Dead Can Dance

                                                                                                                                    Garden Of Arcane Delights & Peel Sessions

                                                                                                                                      ‘Garden Of The Arcane Delights’ / ‘The John Peel Sessions’: ‘Garden Of The Arcane Delights’ is the only EP released by Dead Can Dance, coming out in 1984 and acting as a bridge between their first two albums. Its sleeve a sketch by Brendan Perry, depicting “primal man deprived of perception, standing within the confines of a garden containing a fountain and trees laden with fruit... a Blakean universe in which mankind can only redeem itself, can only rid itself of blindness, through the correct interpretation of signs and events that permeate the fabric of nature’s laws.”

                                                                                                                                      This new expanded version sees the EP faithfully pressed on to one piece of a vinyl at 45rpm with a second disc being added, compiling both of the band’s sessions for John Peel, recorded in the same time period.

                                                                                                                                      Do Hollywood is the eagerly anticipated debut album from brothers Brian (19) and Michael (17) D’Addario.

                                                                                                                                      Hailing from Long Island, NY, Brian and Michael have been playing rock music since they were old enough to walk and talk, mastering every instrument they could get their hands on and writing and performing everything together (they alternate writing credits and instruments on Do Hollywood).

                                                                                                                                      Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, with production by Jonathan Rado of Foxygen, they mine inspiration from every era of rock, crafting richly sophisticated baroque-pop songs into a ten-track tour de force.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      A1. I Wanna Prove To You
                                                                                                                                      A2. Those Days Is Comin’ Soon
                                                                                                                                      A3. Haroomata
                                                                                                                                      A4. Baby, Baby
                                                                                                                                      A5. These Words
                                                                                                                                      A6. As Long As We’re Together
                                                                                                                                      B1. How Lucky Am I?
                                                                                                                                      B2. Hi+Lo
                                                                                                                                      B3. Frank
                                                                                                                                      B4. A Great Snake

                                                                                                                                      When Castlemaine’s Oliver Hugh Perry released his self-recorded debut EP, ‘Tropical Oceans’, D.D Dumbo was born. Led by the spooky strut of the title-track, the lo-fi four song-set of blues-laced, deconstructed pop announced Perry as an exciting newcomer fluent in a language all his own. People took notice and soon he was performing solo with a 12-string electric guitar, two drums and a bunch of effect pedals and on tour with the likes of Daughter, Iron & Wine, Jungle, St Vincent, Tame Impala, tUnE-yArDs and Warpaint.

                                                                                                                                      ‘Utopia Defeated’ is his debut album, an epic, sprawling opus sprung from Oliver’s imagination, written and performed almost entirely by him. Based in the 4AD Studios in London, the album was recorded, engineered and produced by Perry and 4AD’s resident engineer Fabian Prynn.

                                                                                                                                      Featuring the singles ‘Satan’ and ‘Walrus’, the tentrack album hurdles effortlessly over the expectations set by his intriguing debut EP. In an early review, Uncut magazine heralded it as “a looping, globally attuned 2016 update of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’.”

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      In The Water
                                                                                                                                      King Franco Picasso
                                                                                                                                      The Day I First Found God
                                                                                                                                      Toxic City

                                                                                                                                      Galvanized by Tampa hardcore and inspired by its miscreant noise, A Corpse Wired For Sound signals a new chapter for Merchandise. Their second for album 4AD, Merchandise have stripped back to the core of Carson Cox (vocals, electronics), Dave Vassalotti (guitar, electronics) and Pat Brady (bass) to make A Corpse Wired For Sound. The trio travelled to Rosà, Italy to start proceedings, recording half in a studio there and the rest at home, in Tampa as well as in Cox’s newly adopted bases of New York and Berlin.

                                                                                                                                      The album’s metallic title is inspired by a science fiction short story by JG Ballard, but equally sums up the band’s current state of mind; “we were ‘reborn’ as a rock band for our last record (After The End)," says Vassalotti, “and then we straight-up died again. It couldn’t last. The result is this distended corpse responding to you from both sides of the Atlantic, forever singing in spite of everything.”

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Flower Of Sex
                                                                                                                                      2. Crystal Cage
                                                                                                                                      3. Right Back To The Start
                                                                                                                                      4. End Of The Week
                                                                                                                                      5. Lonesome Sound
                                                                                                                                      6. Shadow Of The Truth
                                                                                                                                      7. Silence
                                                                                                                                      8. I Will Not Sleep Here
                                                                                                                                      9. My Dream Is Yours

                                                                                                                                      Scott Walker

                                                                                                                                      The Childhood Of A Leader - Original Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                      Scott Walker follows his remarkable collaboration with Sunn O))) with this remarkable soundtrack to Brady Corbet’s directorial debut, Walker’s first score work since the Pola X soundtrack in 1999.

                                                                                                                                      Partly inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story of the same name, The Childhood of a Leader is a tense psychological drama tracing the formative years of a young boy and set against the backdrop of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference that led to the establishment of the Treaty of Versailles.

                                                                                                                                      Walker continues to work with long-term collaborators Peter Walsh (co-producer) and Mark Warman (musical director), with the latter conducting an orchestra comprised of 46 string players and 16 brass for the studio recording.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      CD Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                      1. Orchestral Tuning Up
                                                                                                                                      2. Opening
                                                                                                                                      3. Dream Sequence
                                                                                                                                      4. Village Walk
                                                                                                                                      5. RUN
                                                                                                                                      6. Down The Stairs
                                                                                                                                      7. Up The Stairs
                                                                                                                                      8. The Letter
                                                                                                                                      9. Versailles
                                                                                                                                      10. Cutting Flowers
                                                                                                                                      11. Boy,Mirror,Cars Arriving
                                                                                                                                      12. Third Tantrum
                                                                                                                                      13. Printing Press
                                                                                                                                      14. On The Way To The Meeting
                                                                                                                                      15. The Meeting
                                                                                                                                      16. Post Meeting
                                                                                                                                      17. Finale
                                                                                                                                      18. New Dawn (synth Layout For Cut Scene)

                                                                                                                                      LP Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                      A1. Orchestral Tuning Up
                                                                                                                                      A2. Opening
                                                                                                                                      A3. Dream Sequence
                                                                                                                                      A4. Village Walk
                                                                                                                                      A5. RUN
                                                                                                                                      A6. Down The Stairs
                                                                                                                                      A7. Up The Stairs
                                                                                                                                      A8. The Letter
                                                                                                                                      A9. Versailles
                                                                                                                                      B1. Cutting Flowers
                                                                                                                                      B2. Boy,Mirror,Cars Arriving
                                                                                                                                      B3. Third Tantrum
                                                                                                                                      B4. Printing Press
                                                                                                                                      B5. On The Way To The Meeting
                                                                                                                                      B6. The Meeting
                                                                                                                                      B7. Post Meeting
                                                                                                                                      B8. Finale
                                                                                                                                      B9. New Dawn (synth Layout For Cut Scene)


                                                                                                                                      Star - 2016 Reissue

                                                                                                                                        Following her inestimable contributions as a founding member of both Throwing Muses and The Breeders, Tanya Donelly took centre stage to form Belly with brothers Tom and Chris Gorman on guitars and drums respectively and Fred Abong on bass. Around the release of their debut album Star in 1993, Fred left the band and was replaced by Gail Greenwood.

                                                                                                                                        Among a wave of essential new American guitar acts in the early-90s, it was Belly’s spikey dreampop that helped set them apart. Catching fire with singles ‘Feed The Tree’ and ‘Gepetto’, Star saw them grab their moment and catapulted them in to the mainstream, selling almost two million copies worldwide and earning them two GRAMMY nominations. A second album followed in 1995, King, before they called it quits a year later

                                                                                                                                        Twenty years on and excitingly the latter line-up of Tanya, Tom, Chris and Gail are back and will be performing both albums this summer on tours of both the UK and US. To complement, 4AD bring us this reissue of Star on vinyl with updated artwork from Chris Gorman and package design from Chris Bigg. The new version is now spread across two LPs, and is pressed on white marbled vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. It also includes a bonus CD of the album.

                                                                                                                                        Dead Can Dance

                                                                                                                                        Spleen And Ideal

                                                                                                                                          Dead Can Dance’s second album, Spleen And Ideal (1985), saw them experiment more with instrumentation, abandoning guitars in favour of cello, trombone and timpani. Widely acclaimed, there was now a richness of unification between voice and music, lyrics and structure, showing they had a concrete sense of the aural ideal they were striving towards. It’s title was taken from Spleen et Idéal, a collection of poems by 18th century French poet Charles Baudelaire.

                                                                                                                                          The 2016 LP version is a repress of the original release.

                                                                                                                                          ‘This Moment’ is the first album by Danish artist Søren Juul to be released under his own name, having previously recorded using the moniker Indians.

                                                                                                                                          A deeply personal account of Juul’s life over a tumultuous three-year period, ‘This Moment’ was recorded mainly in Copenhagen and finished in Los Angeles with producer and fellow Dane Peter Stengaard. An uplifting and redemptive work, the immersive soundscapes of the songs reach heights Juul’s work under Indians had hinted at.

                                                                                                                                          As Indians, Juul released the acclaimed album ‘Somewhere Else’, scored the stunning song ‘Oblivion’ for the major motion picture ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, composed works for the Copenhagen Philharmonic and was nominated in four categories for the prestigious Danish music awards Gaffa Prisen. He also toured the world with the likes of Beirut, Daughter, Julia Holter and Perfume Genius.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Dear Child
                                                                                                                                          Don’t Want To Fool You
                                                                                                                                          Epic Moon
                                                                                                                                          Manly Beach
                                                                                                                                          Pushing Me Away
                                                                                                                                          This Moment

                                                                                                                                          Methyl Ethel

                                                                                                                                          Oh Inhuman Spectacle

                                                                                                                                          New to 4AD, Australian trio Methyl Ethel’s celebrated debut album is being given a worldwide release. Hailing from the remote fringes of Perth in Western Australia, band linchpin Jake Webb - like 4AD peers Grimes and Bradford Cox before him - wrote, played and recorded everything on ‘Oh Inhuman Spectacle’.

                                                                                                                                          Crafted in isolation, the album’s understated psychedelic pop quickly drew plaudits, leading Webb to recruit Chris Wright (drums) and Thom Stewart (bass) - friends from the tight-knit and thriving music scene in Perth - to help realise the songs live as a full-fledged band.

                                                                                                                                          Having gained notable success in Australia including being nominated for the prestigious Australian Music Prize and taking Laneway Festival by storm, Methyl Ethel are now poised to take their music overseas with the worldwide release of ‘Oh Inhuman Spectacle’ and a huge run of touring in both Europe and North America to coincide.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          Barry says: Like a modern, indiefied iteration of Syd Barrett with the melodic intonations of the ghosts of post-punk. Woozy rhythms and fuzzed-out basses, twirling arpeggios meet chugging guitars and soaring strained vocal melodies. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Idée Fixe
                                                                                                                                          To Swim
                                                                                                                                          Twilight Driving
                                                                                                                                          Depth Perception
                                                                                                                                          Unbalancing Acts
                                                                                                                                          Also Gesellschaft
                                                                                                                                          Artificial Limb
                                                                                                                                          Sweet Waste
                                                                                                                                          Everything As It Should



                                                                                                                                            Liima is a new band formed by Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö plus Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg of Danish act Efterklang.

                                                                                                                                            Their debut album, ii, features songs written in Finland, Berlin, Istanbul and Madeira during four week-long residencies, with each one ending with a live concert, performing the freshly written songs in front of an audience.

                                                                                                                                            Translated from Finnish as ‘glue’, Liima found the spontaneity of writing and performing in a limited time frame hugely liberating and took the same instinctive approach when recording this album. In October 2015, the band along with producer Jonas Verwijnen headed to Vox-Ton studio in Berlin, recording the album in just three days, playing everything together live with no overdubs. ii was mixed to tape by Francesco Donadello.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. Your Heart
                                                                                                                                            2. Amerika
                                                                                                                                            3. Roger Waters
                                                                                                                                            4. Russians
                                                                                                                                            5. Trains In The Dark
                                                                                                                                            6. Woods
                                                                                                                                            7. 513
                                                                                                                                            8. You Stayed In Touch With The Wrong Guy
                                                                                                                                            9. Black Beach
                                                                                                                                            10. Change Of Time

                                                                                                                                            This trio comprises of The National's rhythm section, brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf along with Trombonist / arranger Ben Lanz who has worked with Beirut and Sufjan Stevens amongst others.

                                                                                                                                            LNZNDRF’s debut is rock minimalism meets sonic maximalism. Recorded in a church in Cincinnati over two and a half days, the eight songs on the album were improvised with a vital spirit harking back to the reason the members became musicians in the first place.

                                                                                                                                            The songs, which were edited from 30+ minute jams, evoke the essence of their expansive, largely improvised live shows.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            01 Future You
                                                                                                                                            02 Beneath The Black Sea
                                                                                                                                            03 Mt. Storm
                                                                                                                                            04 Kind Things
                                                                                                                                            05 Hypno-Skate
                                                                                                                                            06 Stars And Time
                                                                                                                                            07 Monument
                                                                                                                                            08 Samarra

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